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Greece Running Out Of Money, EU Running Out Of Patience

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras gives a statement during a European Council summit on March 20, 2015 at the Council of the European Union (EU) Justus Lipsius building in Brussels.   (John Thys/AFP/Getty Images)
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras gives a statement during a European Council summit on March 20, 2015 at the Council of the European Union (EU) Justus Lipsius building in Brussels. (John Thys/AFP/Getty Images)

Top leaders of the European Union emerged from a meeting with the Greek prime minister early today telling him much what they have for weeks: Come up with a reform plan if you want more money to stay solvent. And do it fast.

The EU leaders said Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras committed to providing a list of specific reforms in the coming days that would improve his country’s balance sheet. Tsipras, however, said he had not committed to “recessionary measures” that would worsen the plight of his people.

The BBC’s Chris Morris joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to discuss Greece’s ongoing financial troubles.

Note: This BBC interview can be heard in the Here & Now podcast or with the WBUR app.

Guest

  • Chris Morris, BBC’s Europe correspondent reporting from Brussels. He tweets @bbcchrismorris.

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