Greek finance minister says government bridging differences with international debt inspectors

ATHENS, Greece – Greece’s finance minister says the government is trying to “bridge its differences” with international debt inspectors in negotiations over fiscal reforms needed for the country to receive its next bailout installment.

Yannis Stournaras said Wednesday the government hoped to have at least a “good progress report” from representatives of the IMF, European Commission and European Central Bank, collectively known as the troika, by Saturday night if a full agreement hadn’t been reached by then. Finance ministers from the European Union countries using the euro meet in Brussels on Monday.

Greece has been relying on bailout funds from other EU countries and the International Monetary Fund since mid-2010, and has had to overhaul its economy in return. The troika is currently pressing for sweeping changes in market practices and labour rules.