A Greek national flag flutters next to a statue of ancient Greek goddess Athena, in Athens May 21, 2015. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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European leaders told Greece Friday to return to the negotiating table for "intensive work" to wrap up a reform agreement before cash runs out, sidestepping Athens' demand for a comprehensive, long-term solution to its troubles.Greece's government put a brave face on the outcome of the talks, voicing optimism it could reach a deal in as little as 10 days – before the next IMF payment falls due on June 5 .Since storming to power in January, Tsipras' leftist-led government has bitterly fought and then struggled through four months of talks with the EU and IMF on a deal that could release up to 7.2 billion euros ($8.1 billion) in remaining aid.Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has said he believed the IMF did not want to be involved in Greece after the bailout expires in June. But in a sign that may be unlikely, Germany said it was essential for the IMF to take part in reform talks.
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