Merkel urges German Parliament to back Greek talks

Merkel urges German Parliament to back Greek talks

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel is asking German lawmakers to clear the way for negotiations on a new, third bailout package for Greece, arguing that it would be negligent not to try for a deal.

After a preliminary agreement on Monday, Germany's government has to obtain a parliamentary mandate for potentially difficult talks on details of the three-year bailout expected to be worth 85 billion euros ($93 billion).

Merkel told a special session of Parliament on Friday that lawmakers faced "a decision for a strong Europe & a strong eurozone."

p>Bailing out Greece isn't popular among Merkel's conservatives & the chancellor acknowledged concerns over the chances of a successful bailout.

But she said "we would be grossly negligent, even irresponsible, if we did not at least try this road."

Angela Merkel

Source: “Associated Press”

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