German FinMin to meet Greek anti-bailout opposition leader

German FinMin to meet Greek anti-bailout opposition leader
# 11 January 2013 23:10 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Germany's Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble will meet next Monday with Greek opposition leader Alexis Tsipras, a critic of the German-backed austerity measures, a finance ministry spokeswoman said Friday, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

Marianne Kothe said at a news conference that Schaeuble believed the success of the Greek reform success was important and "should be supported by all political forces," adding that Tsipras requested the meeting.

Tsipras, who heads Greece's main opposition radical left SYRIZA coalition, will be in Berlin for an event organized by a German opposition party. The SYRIZA party is performings well in Greek public opinion polls.

Enduring five years of recession, Greece was asked to make tough austerity reforms in exchange for bailout from its international creditors.

The German government insists on Athens' commitment to austerity and reform measures, but both Chancellor Angela Merkel and Schaeuble have said they wanted Greece to remain in the eurozone.

Merkel reiterated her support for the current Greek government led by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras when he visited Berlin on Tuesday.

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