We set common ground, FinMin Varoufakis says after meeting with Schaeuble

We set common ground, FinMin Varoufakis says after meeting with Schaeuble

Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis on Monday said that the meeting with his German counterpart Wolfgang Schaeuble took place in an exceptionally friendly climate and was a long, productive meeting.

"Dr Schaeuble and I had a long, productive discussion. These are difficult times for the European Union and especially the eurozone and the politicians should assume the responsibility to reach a deal which is necessary for the eurozone and the EU's cohesion," Varoufakis underlined and spoke of a "historic duty."

The Greek Finance minister noted that the discussion took place in a friendly climate and added: "We have a common perception of the problem and the purpose was to attempt to achieve a jointly determined and agreed solution to the impasse in which we have unfortunately been over the last years. I believe that today's debate will help strengthening the process of the past days and weeks in order to reach a final deal."

Asked whether there were any specific concessions, he said: "We did not negotiate. We set common ground."