Greece and lenders with conceptual, as well as practical, gaps to bridge

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Photo by Harry van Versendaal
Photo by Harry van Versendaal

A meeting on Friday between Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis and Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem that ended with a terse handshake and the Dutchman’s obvious displeasure has heightened concern that Greece and its lenders are heading towards a perhaps irreparable rift.

As was the case during Thursday’s meeting between Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and European Parliament President Martin Schulz, Varoufakis set out the government’s ideas on how Athens envisages its relationship with the eurozone evolving.

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