BERLIN Oct 7 German Finance Minister Wolfgang
Schaeuble said on Sunday that Chancellor Angela Merkel's trip to
Greece this week did not mean the debt-stricken country would
receive the next tranche of aid from its bailout.
"The chancellor will not discuss with Greece a matter which
the troika must report on first," Schaeuble told broadcaster ZDF
in an interview, referring to the "troika" of the International
Monetary Fund, European Commission and European Central Bank.
Greece is stuck in tough negotiations with "troika"
inspectors over a new wave of budget cuts for the next two
years, a condition for getting an instalment of the 130 billion
euro bailout that is keeping the country afloat.
"Greece must fulfil its obligations for the next tranche to
be paid," said Schaeuble.