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Hollande: It is important for Greece to stay within the eurozone

Francois Hollande has said at joint press conference with Angela Merkel, that Greece remaining in the Eurozone is important for France, Germany and for Greece, he said 'we must find solutions.'

He said that both countries will be supporting growth for Greece. He said 'we can pull Greece though the recession.'

Merkel and Hollande cover the 'European agenda' in talks

French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are giving a joint newsconference in Berlin.

Ms Merkel has said that they have got to know each other and have covered some important points. The Chancellor said they had covered the 'European agenda.'

She said they were confident that they would solve these problems. Ms Merkel also said she hoped Greece would stay within the eurozone.

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Merkel greets new French President Francois Hollande

Francois Hollande meets German Chancellor Angela Merkel
Francois Hollande meets German Chancellor Angela Merkel Credit: ITV News

German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed France's new Socialist President Francois Hollande to Germany this evening.

He arrived approximately an hour and a half late to their meeting as his plane was hit by lightning en route to Berlin.

Hollande and Merkel walk the red carpet in Berlin
Germany laid out the red carpet for new French President Francois Hollande Credit: ITV News

Berlin prepares for Hollande

President Hollande is due in Berlin
President Hollande is due in Berlin Credit: Reuters

New French President Francois Hollande is due to arrive in Berlin to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the first time.

Troops have lined the red carpet outside the Chancellery where the two leaders will meet.

President Hollande is late for the meeting as his plane had to return to Paris after being hit by lightning.

President Hollande is due in Berlin
President Hollande is due in Berlin Credit: Reuters
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