Benelux states leaders criticized a plan to discuss the debts of Greece to the euro zone with the leaders of France and Germany on the sidelines of an EU summit on Thursday, excluding smaller members of the currency bloc.
Criticism by Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel and his Dutch and Luxembourg colleagues prompted summit chairman Donald Tusk to hold a separate meeting with the trio where he reassured them their views would be represented and that no decisions would be taken.
A spokesman for European Council president Tusk offered to convene a mini-summit of all 19 euro zone members to discuss Greece’s difficulties, but no leader supported the idea.
Not all smaller euro zone states agreed. Alexander Stubb, prime minister of Finland, said he had full confidence in the French and German leaders to represent the creditors’ position.
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