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Alexis Tsipras is due to speak in Greek Parliament at 6.30 p.m. local time on Friday in one of the defining political appearances of his career and one that is likely to have a pivotal impact on whether Greece can reach a deal with its lenders in the next few days.
Tsipras’s address was announced shortly before the news broke that the government had asked not to pay the International Monetary Fund the 300 million euros due on Friday and to bundle all 1.6 billion euros of payments together at the end of June.
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