The government has a mandate to find a sustainable solution to the economy within the eurozone, Government Vice-President Yiannis Dragasakis told Guardian daily yesterday (7.05).

"We do not have a mandate to take Greece out of the eurozone, and it’s not an option either for the government or for SYRIZA," he said ahead of a Eurogroup meeting scheduled on May 11, Dragasakis was optimistic about a solution, noting that "talks, so far, have shown there is common ground in changes and political measures and, therefore, I believe a deal is possible and in the interests of everyone.”
  • Varoufakis: Greece Will Secure a Deal
Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis asserted that Greece will secure a deal (video) with its lenders in the next week or two, in a short interview with the BBC yesterday (7.05). “The cycle of uncertainty must close,” he said, adding that although a bailout agreement will not be reached at the Eurogroup meeting on Monday, they "will certainly have an agreement within the next couple of weeks or so." He also dismissed a Grexit scenario and said his relations with European counterparts remain excellent. Speaking after meeting his French counterpart in Paris, Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said it was important that "good progress" should be solidified.

Speaking at a European Business Summit conference in Brussels yesterday (7.05), Varoufakis said “I trust an agreement will be in the offing in the next few days, or weeks.”
  • Tsakalotos @ Entrepreneuring Conference
Euclid Tsakalotos, Alternate Foreign Minister for International Economic Relations addressed the Athens daily Naftemporiki’s 1st Entrepreneurship Conference, titled “Entrepreneuring in the Future 2015-2020" held yesterday at the Athens Concert Hall.

Regarding the negotiations, Tsakalotos said that the Greek government has been working very hard on finding a solution and has been building on the letter and spirit of the February 20 Agreement and the need for an honorable compromise between the old and new. He also underlined the need for a cohesive approach to reforms, taking into account fatigue caused by the great uncertainty and risk aversion of the last four to five years.

See also: Euclid Tsakalotos speech (video in Greek); BBC: Euclid Tsakalotos 'optimistic' about Greece debt deal (video)