Monday, September 24 14:57:29
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet separately with the heads of the IMF and ECB this week amid debate over the next steps for addressing the euro zone's sovereign debt crisis.
Merkel is due to meet with ECB President Mario Draghi on Tuesday and IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde on Wednesday, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said today without offering specifics on what will be discussed.
No press conferences or public statements are planned following either meeting, Seibert said.
The talks come as inspectors from the so-called "troika" - the IMF, ECB and European Commission - ready a report on the state of Greece's finances to determine whether the country's debt is manageable, and as euro zone heavyweights Germany and France spar over whether or not Spain needs a European bailout. (C ) Reuters