March 4, 2015 / 2:21 PM / 5 years ago

Merkel says euro zone has hands full with existing Greek bailout program

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday refused to speculate if Greece could count on a third aid package from its euro zone partners after Athens had completed its existing bailout program.

“I think we now have all our hands full to make this (2nd Greek bailout) succeed,” Merkel said during a press conference with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels.

Merkel also said that France was on the right path to improve its competitiveness, adding that each euro zone country had to decide itself on which specific measures to take.

Reporting by Stephen Brown and Michael Nienaber, editing by Erik Kirschbaum

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