April 27, 2015 / 6:34 AM / 2 years ago

Merkel-Tsipras phone call confirmed amid cash squeeze report

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German government spokesman confirmed on Monday that Chancellor Angela Merkel and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had a telephone conversation on Sunday but declined to comment on the contents of their conversation.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras go to shake hands after addressing a news conference at the Chancellery in Berlin March 23, 2015. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

“I can confirm the conversation took place,” a spokesman said.

Bild newspaper reported on Monday that Tsipras had called Merkel as well as Euro group head Jeroen Dijsselbloem to try to convince them of the need for more help for Greece and for the need for an emergency meeting of EU leaders this week.

Bild said the reason for the call is that the Greek government has run out of money. The newspaper quoted an EU diplomat saying: “It’s on fire and there’s no water there to put out the fire. The situation is more than dramatic.”

German government spokesman confirmed Tsipras-Merkel phone call on Sunday evening, however, no comment was issued on content of talks.

Reporting by Erik Kirschbaum and Gernot Heller

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