The Greek government was expected to make proposals to eurozone leaders on Tuesday to support its battered economy and keep the country in the single currency area, as Athens and its creditors resume their struggle over an elusive solution to Greece’s long-running economic crisis.
But a quick fix for Athens looked extremely difficult to achieve. The stakes were rising on Tuesday ahead of the latest emergency summit meeting of European leaders. None of them wants to take the blame for a possible sudden, chaotic departure from the eurozone by Greece. That means that all sides could agree to keep talking even as the crisis reaches new levels of intensity, and even as Greece hurtles toward a deadline — a payment of 3.5 billion euros, or about $3.9 billion, to the European Central Bank on July 20 — that most observers think it cannot miss without leaving the eurozone.