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Greek PM Samaras asks Merkel for 'breathing space'

24 August 2012 Last updated at 17:45 BST

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has asked German Chancellor Angela Merkel to give his country "breathing space" following a meeting of the two leaders in Berlin.

Mrs Merkel said she would not make "premature judgements" about Greece's progress towards meeting its reform targets in advance of an official report due next month.

Steve Evans reports.