Angela Merkel is willing to hold talks with PM Tsipras “if he would like to”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is willing to hold talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras “if he would like to,” the chancellor’s spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters on Monday.

Berlin’s aim will always be to keep Greece in the eurozone, the spokesman added. The goal was a strong eurozone, Seibert said and noted that the events were triggered by the Greek side by calling the referendum.

At the same time, he said that a government’s decision to call a referendum was legitimate in Berlin’s view and, not knowing the exact question that will be put to referendum, did not wish to adopt a position.