Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis met with his German counterpart Wolfgang Schaeuble yesterday (8.06) in Berlin. There were no joint statements following the meeting, though the Greek minister described the meeting as long, productive and held in a friendly climate.

Varoufakis told the press: "… I believe that today's debate will help strengthen the process of the past days and weeks in order to reach a final deal." He also spoke of a "historic responsibility" towards the European people. "I told Mr Schaeuble our view that the deal offered is a non-viable deal. I have to say that Dr Schaeuble did not disagree, he just considered there is no alternative," he added.

In the evening, Varoufakis addressed an event at the Hans Boeckler Institute on the issue "Greece's future in the European Union," during which he spoke of the need of a solution that will include the issue of the Greek debt, will link its repayment with growth and will incorporate an investment package. He said that if these preconditions are met, the solution will be achieved in one night and the Greek crisis will end.

See video: Varoufakis at Hans Boeckler Institute (youtube, 8.06)