Greece's Prime minister Alexis Tsipras takes his seat to attend a gathering at the Agriculture ministry in Athens, Greece, on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)
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Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Wednesday that Greece was close to concluding a deal with lenders on a multibillion-euro bailout, which he said would end doubts over its place in the eurozone.The comments were the latest in a series of unusually upbeat assessments by Greek and European officials of progress in talks toward up to 86 billion euros ($93.6 billion) in fresh loans to stave off the country's financial ruin and economic collapse.Over the next two weeks Greece must conclude the bailout, or at least secure a bridge loan such as the one last month to cover its immediate financing needs.The European Union estimates that the Greek banking sector will need anything from 10 billion euros to 25 billion euros, but the exact amount needed would depend on the results of stress tests and asset-quality reviews.
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