“We would hate to have Greece exit the Eurozone, but if this can’t be avoided, we are prepared for any options,” Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem told reporters after the meeting.
Meanwhile, a source close to the EU leadership said that the European Commission was not working on any scenarios of a Greek exit.
Athens now has less than two weeks to find a way out of the impasse before it faces a 1.6 billion euro repayment due to the International Monetary Fund, potentially leaving it out of cash, unable to borrow and dangling on the edge of the currency area.
The European Commission said it would only resume mediation efforts if Greece put forward new proposals, while the Greek government spokesman said Athens was sticking to its rejection of wage and pension cuts and higher taxes on basic goods.
Much depends now on the political decision the Eurozone leaders may take during their emergency meeting on Monday.