Monday, July 6, 2015

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande have agreed that "the vote of the Greek people must be respected," according to a spokesman. Merkel and Hollande will meet in Paris this afternoon to mull over a strategy to avoid crisis escalation within the eurozone and Europe.

The meeting comes ahead of another emergency summit of leaders and finance ministers from all eurozone countries, to take place tomorrow, July 7, as announced by EU President Donald Tusk, in a tweet: "I have called a #EuroSummit Tuesday evening at 18h to discuss situation after referendum in #Greece."

French finance minister Michel Sapin told Europe 1 radio [in French] that “The ‘no’ carries a considerable risk for Greece….But there is nothing automatic.” He added: "there is on the table a basis for dialogue but it is up to Greece to show that it will take this dialogue seriously." He said it was “up to the Greek government and Mr. Tsipras to make new proposals as quickly as possible.” Commenting on possible reaction of the European Central Bank to the Greek vote, Sapin said that “there is a level of liquidity today. This level of liquidity cannot be reduced.”

Earlier in the week, in a letter sent to Christine Lagarde, Director of the International Monetary Fund, 10 USA congressmen urged her to show flexibility, as soon as possible, in order to avoid a default situation, or other unintended consequences.