Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives at the European Council headquarters for an extraordinary summit of European leaders to deal with a worsening migration crisis, on April 23, 2015 in Brussels. AFP PHOTO/PHILIPPE HUGUEN
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel was expected to press Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras Thursday to move faster to agree detailed economic reforms crucial to unlock international bailout funds before Athens runs out of cash.The conservative German leader was due to meet the leftist Greek premier just before an emergency European Union summit on migration, a day before eurozone finance ministers meet in Riga to review progress -- or the lack of it -- in slow-moving negotiations between Athens and its creditors.A Greek government official told Reuters in Athens that Tsipras would outline specific reforms to Merkel in a bid to appease creditors and is hoping she will intervene so that there is a breakthrough in the negotiations.Greece has yet to agree with its partners on a comprehensive list of reforms to secure 7.2 billion euros remaining from its 240 billion euro EU/IMF bailout.Greek daily Kathimerini reported that Athens is considering asking the eurozone's rescue fund to buy Greek government bonds held by the ECB to pay for debt redemptions due this summer.
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