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Hollande and Merkel present united front

Hollande and Merkel present united front
Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande have reaffirmed their commitment to keeping Greece within the eurozone.

On their first meeting in Berlin, the French President and German Chancellor presented a united front on the issue of the eurozone's future. Mr Hollande said:

“I would like Greece to remain in the euro, so efforts have to be made on both sides.

“I wish to be able to express to the Greeks that Europe is ready to support growth, so we can go back to growth in Greece, which is in recession at the moment…but at the same time the promises that were made have to be held.”

Greece will hold new elections after last-ditch talks to form a coalition government collapsed, according to Pasok leader and former finance minister Evangelos Venizelos.

After nine days of negotiations following last Sunday's vote, Mr Venizelos confirmed talks had broken down, prolonging uncertainty over the country's future in the euro for at least another month.

"Let's move towards something better and not something worse," he told reporters after a meeting this afternoon. "Our motherland can find its way, we will fight for it to find its way."

George Osborne this morning warned the prospect of Greece crashing out of the euro was damaging economies across Europe.

Uncertainty over the future of struggling eurozone nations was having a "real impact" on growth, he said.

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