EU's Juncker snubs Greek PM after 'absurd' debt deal rebuff




 
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June 7th, 2015  
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Topic: EU's Juncker snubs Greek PM after 'absurd' debt deal rebuff


By Jan Strupczewski and Lefteris Papadimas BRUSSELS/ATHENS (Reuters) - The European Union's chief executive declined to speak to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Saturday after the leftist leader rejected as "absurd" international creditors' terms for a cash-for-reform deal to keep his country from default. An EU official said European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who has tried to bridge the gap between Athens and its lenders, refused to take a telephone call from the Greek premier since there was nothing new to discuss. A Greek government official denied the report and said Tsipras held a conference call on the debt crisis with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande.




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