German govt says troika has worked, should remain - update 2

Tsipras meets Juncker, Schulz on debt repayments

(ANSA) - Berlin, February 4 - A spokesman for the German government said Wednesday that the so-called troika of global organizations that helped bail out Greece "worked" and should remain there to continue its work.
    The troika, including the EU, ECB, and IMF, has been blamed by Greece's new government for imposing too much austerity in exchange for help.
    Premier Alexis Tsipras met Wednesday with European Commission President Jean Claude Junker and European Parliament Speaker Martin Schulz seeking a re-negotiation of Greece's debt repayments.
    At the same time, Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis met with Mario Draghi, chairman of the European Central Bank (ECB).
    Both Tsipras and Varoufakis were in Rome on Tuesday to meet with Italian Premier Matteo Renzi and Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan.


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