Saturday will be a crucial day not just for Greece but for Europe as well, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Friday during a joint press conference with European Council President Donald Tusk, following the summit meeting in Brussels.
“I’m quite optimistic but not overoptimistic,” he said.
Juncker also dismissed statements of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on being given ultimatums, adding that Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem will try on Saturday to achieve a convergence of views. “We don’t work with ultimatums,” he clarified.
The EU official noted that great progress has been achieved and that the institutions have agreed on a common position. “Our Greek friends, for their own reasons, have some differentiations, but it’s clear that negotiations will take place at the Eurogroup,” he added.
On his side, Tusk said the pressure on Tsipras concerns the lack of time and does not come from the Eurogroup, or other leaders. “It’s true we’re only three days away from Tuesday which will be a crucial day,” he noted.
It was also announced that the Eurogroup meeting on Saturday has been moved to 15.00 (Athens time).