Greece offers conditional okay to bailout, Germany skeptical

ATHENS/BRUSSELS - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has written to international creditors saying Greece could accept their last bailout offer if some conditions were changed, but Germany expressed skepticism while saying the door was still open for negotiations. | Video

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