Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras gestures to his watch as he departures from the EU-CELAC summit in Brussels on Thursday, June 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Geert Vande Wijngaert)
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Greek premier Alexis Tsipras was to meet with European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker Thursday after he agreed with the leaders of France and Germany to intensify efforts for a bailout deal aimed at preventing Athens from going bankrupt.Tsipras's meeting with Juncker comes a day after the pair met briefly on the sidelines of an EU-Latin America summit Wednesday, and after the Greek leader held talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande to hammer out a reform plan after five months of stalemate.Greece's creditors have refused to release the last 7.2 billion euros ($8.1 billion) remaining in its EU-IMF bailout, which is due to expire on June 30, unless Athens agrees to tougher reforms.The dinner ended disastrously, with Tsipras later telling Greece's parliament that Juncker's suggestions were "absurd" and Juncker using a G7 summit in Germany to upbraid the Greek premier for acting improperly.
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