Angela Merkel

Merkel To Meet With Samaras

German Chancellor looking to urge the Greek Prime Minister to implement necessary reforms

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Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany and France will keep pressure on Greece to overhaul its economy when she meets Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, who is seeking more time to fix his debt-ravaged country.

"We, and I, will encourage Greece to pursue the path of reform that demands a lot from the people," Merkel said late yesterday before hosting French President Francois Hollande for a working dinner in Berlin to coordinate positions on Greece. Merkel receives Samaras at the Chancellery today and a joint news conference is scheduled for about 1 p.m. Berlin time.