WRAPUP 2-Greece defies euro zone on pension, labour reform *Greek spokesman says Athens won't back down on everything. *Athens seeks statement of progress to unlock ECB help. Despite efforts by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to coax leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras into moving on two key conditions for releasing EU/IMF bailout funds, the Greek government spokesman said lenders could not...
| By: Renee Maltezou and Alastair Macdonald
Greece overturns civil service reforms Even as the Greek government scrambled to reach an agreement on new economic reforms with its creditors in Brussels, it began reversing similar measures agreed during previous bailout negotiations in a parliamentary session in Athens.
Source: Financial Times
| By: Kerin Hope and Peter Spiegel
WRAPUP 3-Tsipras presses for May debt deal, threatens referendum *Eurogroup chief says Greece needs loans, no time for referendum. But the head of euro zone finance ministers said Greece needed loans urgently and did not have time for such a vote, which would be a costly and destabilising distraction. Athens is weeks away from running out of cash, and talks with EU and IMF lenders on more aid have been deadlocked over their demands...
| By: Renee Maltezou and Deepa Babington