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Tsipras to tell Merkel Greece has made enough compromises for deal

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is expected to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Brussels on Thursday on the sidelines of a European Union emergency summit focusing on the Mediterranean region’s migrant crisis.

“I did what I said I would. Now it’s your turn to do what you told me,” is the message that the Greek premier was expected to put across to the German leader, according to a top government source, Kathimerini understands.

According to the same source, Tsipras was expected to ask for the implementation of “what was agreed in Berlin,” particularly with respect to the pledge that the Greek government would cover 70 percent of the distance toward a deal and the country’s partners would cover the remaining 30 percent.

Tsipras is also expected to table a request for the fulfillment of conditions laid out in the February 20 agreement signed between Greece and its lenders, which among others, foresaw a deal being concluded by the end of April.

Tsipras is seeking a positive political message in Brussels on Thursday, paving the way for a positive outcome in Friday’s Eurogroup.

The Greek premier was expected to seek for the Brussels Group to carry on its deliberations from Saturday through Wednesday, at the latest, in order for an emergency Eurogroup to be held on April 30 and for a deal to be sealed.