Business owner Katherina Athanasopoulou poses at the entrance of her workshop in central Athens on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)
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Greece laid out the hope Monday that intensive talks with international creditors over another financial lifeline for the country could be concluded this week, earlier than expected.The Greek government needs the deal to be sorted out by Aug. 20 when the country has a debt repayment of a little more than 3 billion euros to make to the European Central Bank. Greece won't be able to make that payment without funds emerging from the country's third bailout in just over five years.That has stoked talk that Tsipras will call early elections soon after the bailout deal is signed.A senior lawmaker with Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats raised the possibility of an interim agreement -- strongly opposed by Athens -- that would tide Greece over the ECB payment, while leaving time for more thorough negotiations on the overall deal.
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