Need to continue Greece talks with steadfastness, says German defense minister

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen told a newspaper that Greece’s partners needed to keep going with talks with Athens in a steadfast manner.

“We should continue the negotiations with Greece with great steadfastness,” she was quoted as saying in Monday’s edition of the mass-selling Bild.

She also said that red lines should not be drawn too soon but added that the Greek government, although it had only been in office for five months, should be clear that it needed to respect Europe’s rules regardless of what it had promised voters. [Reuters]