Germany Maintains Hard Line On Greece: “There is no basis to enter into negotiations on a new aid programme for Greece”

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“We are waiting to see which proposals the Greek government makes to its European partners”

Berlin (AFP) – Germany maintained a hard line Monday after Greece rejected creditors’ austerity demands in a referendum, with Berlin saying there was currently “no basis” for talks on a new bailout package or debt relief.

“In light of yesterday’s decision by Greek citizens, there is no basis to enter into negotiations on a new aid programme,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said.

Regarding requests by Athens to restructure its debt, finance ministry spokesman Martin Jaeger said: “I can see no reason to enter into discussions.”

At a press briefing dominated by the Greece crisis, Seibert insisted that the ball was in Athens’ court if it wanted to stay in the eurozone.

“It is up to Greece to make something of this. We are waiting to see which proposals the Greek government…

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