Richard Edgar

Economics Editor

Richard is the Economics Editor for ITV News, reporting and analysing the challenges and recovery of the UK economy. Richard has been covering financial news for 15 years, bringing insight and analysis to events in Britain and around the world.

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Greek deal 'satisfactory to Germany' but details unconfirmed

Things are moving quickly at talks between Eurozone ministers in Brussels. In the last hour a European official emerged to say that there is now a text which the Greeks and the rest of the Eurozone ministers are working on - which is a big step, and he said to expect an announcement soon.

What we think is going to happen is that this will buy time for the Greeks, and it will keep the emergency funding flowing, which was due to expire next week. It comes after an afternoon - five hours in fact - of pre-meeting meetings of small groups of ministers assembled here.

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis arriving in Brussels today. Credit: Reuters

As he arrived the German finance minister said that everything that needs to be said has been said - he seemed pretty downbeat.

The Greek finance minister radiated optimism as he has done throughout the pass couple of weeks of negotiations. Right now all members of the Eurozone are still in talks, with Christine Lagarde of the IMF -they have to agree to this text. I asked the Greek finance minister a few minutes ago what this would be and he confirmed it would be a six month extension to the loans. In return the Greeks have agreed to keep the tough economic reforms, and this has left the Germans very satisfied, I understand. This is what they think is necessary to keep Greece on a sustainable economic recovery. One thing is for sure - this isn't the end of it - they have to agree the details in the next weeks and months.

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