Dutch finance minister and EU euro group leader Jeroen Dijsselbloem said on Monday he still wants Greece in the euro.
He was speaking on his way into a cabinet meeting with central bank president Klaas Knot to discuss the result of the Greek referendum on Sunday.
‘It is their goal and it remains my goal,’ Dijsselbloem told Dutch media. ‘We will see if it is possible.’
Dijsselbloem said the no vote in the referendum was clear but did not bring the parties involved closer to a solution.
Difficult measures are still needed in Greece ‘otherwise the government will not function better and the economy will not improve’, he said.
He would not comment on the departure of the Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, who resigned early on Monday morning. ‘I have no problem with people. It is about the tone and the contribution,’ he said.
The euro group meets on Tuesday. ‘We shall look at how we can save the process step by step.’
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