European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told the European Parliament Tuesday that he would like to see financially embattled Greece stay in the eurozone, according to dpa.
'Nobody should even think about throwing the Greeks out,' Juncker said ahead of a crucial summit of eurozone members Tuesday evening in Brussels to discuss new proposals expected out of Greece.
Talks with Greece must be renewed, he said, although admitting there was little chance of a solution being found at the summit, which will be preceded by a meeting of the common currency's finance ministers.
'If there could be a solution today, then it would in turn be a too simple one,' Juncker said.
'But today we will pave the way, through collective talks and mutual understanding as well as mutual tolerance, to put things in order,' he said, adding that he is in contact via SMS with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.