European Union officials described talks between EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras which ended earlier on Thursday without agreement as a "last attempt" to reach a debt deal.
Asked about concerns for the process raised by the departure of IMF and Greek negotiators from Brussels, an EU diplomat said:
"If the process was working properly the president would not have had to have a meeting with Tsipras today. President Juncker made a last attempt to make a deal possible."
Meanwhile following the revelation by the IMF spokesperson that the Fund's technical team had returned to Washington from Brussels, Reuters reported that, according to a Greek source, the Greek negotiators had also left.
the latest development comes less than 24 hours after the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Angeea Merkel and Francois Hollande agree on the need to 'intensify' negotiations with the institutions. The Brussels Group is comprised of technical teams from the institutions and the Greek government.
Reuters writes: "They have all left," the source said when asked if any of the Greek officials involved in technical level talks with the so-called Brussels Group of creditor institutions were still present in the city. The institutions are the European Commission, European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund."