Greek Tragedy: Euro Zone Extends Deadline Till Sunday


Athens: Amidst the climbing fear of a total meltdown and Greece crashing out of Euro zone, in a bid to revive the deteriorating scenario the Euro Zone members have given Greece until the end of the week to come up with a proposal for sweeping reforms in return for loans .

“The stark reality is that we have only five days left. Until now I have avoided talking about deadlines, but tonight I have to say loud and clear that the final deadline ends this week,” European Council President Donald Tusk told a news conference.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has until Friday to present the proposal, but German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she hoped to have convincing reform commitments from Tsipras on Thursday so she could ask the German parliament to authorise negotiations on a new aid programme.

Merkel said she was “not exaggeratedly optimistic” for a solution. At an emergency summit in Brussels on Tuesday, representatives of the 19-country euro zone said all 28 European Union leaders would meet on Sunday to decide Greece’s fate. The talks were organised after Greeks voted in a referendum on Sunday against a bailout that carried stringent austerity measures.

French President Francois Hollande said the European Central Bank would ensure that Greek banks had the minimum necessary liquidity to stay afloat until Sunday. The situation in Greece worsened with banks closed for a second week, limited cash withdrawals and businesses feeling the crunch of demands from vendors for cash payments.