Euro nations split on how to help Greece cut debt

JUERGEN BAETZ SARAH DiLORENZO Associated Press Published:

BRUSSELS (AP) -- Eurozone finance ministers have ended their meeting in Brussels without reaching a final agreement on the next batch of bailout aid for Greece.

Jean-Claude Juncker, the head of the eurogroup, said the finance ministers hoped to reach a final agreement at an extraordinary meeting to be held Nov. 20.

Juncker praised the reforms and budget cuts made by Greek authorities, as did Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund, and Olli Rehn, the EU's monetary affairs commissioner. He also added that the meeting discussed giving the country two more years to 2022 to reform its economy.

The officials said Greece has only a few more actions it needs to take before getting the next €31.5 billion installment of its bailout loan. They did not specify the actions.