Greece has confirmed it will this week repay a €450m (£330m) International Monetary Fund, as the worsening greek debt crisis has reanimated talk within the ruling Syriza party of a snap general election if ongoing discussions with creditors fail.

The Greek finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, held informal talks with the IMF’s managing director, Christine Lagarde, in Washington DC on Sunday, and Lagarde said he confirmed that the repayment would be made on Thursday.

Meanwhile, warnings of early elections underscored the political unrest in Athens. Varoufakis told the Naftemporiki newspaper on Monday that Greece must reach an outline funding agreement with its lenders at a meeting of euro zone finance ministers on 24 April.

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