The contours of a deal on Sunday are starting to emerge.
Syriza has requested a three-year package of loans from the eurozone bail-out fund (ESM) – perhaps worth as much as â‚¬60bn ”“ and is reportedly ready give ground on tax rises and pension cuts.
Germany’s subtle shift in position comes as the United States, France, and Italy joined in a united call for debt relief, buttressed by a crescendo of emphatic statements by Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund.
“Greece is clearly in a situation of acute crisis, which needs to be addressed seriously and promptly. We remain fully engaged in order to find a solution to restore stability, growth and debt sustainability,” said Ms Lagarde.