Friday, 26 June 2015

Greece

German EU commissioner says 'Grexit' unavoidable if no solution found in 5 days

Reuters / Yannis Behrakis


RT,
26 June, 2015


It’s not the European Commission’s aim to see Greece exit the EU, but this may become unavoidable if no solution to the debt stand-off is found in the next five days, Commissioner Günther Oettinger said, according to Reuters.


"We will do everything up until the 30th for the Greeks to show they are prepared to reform," Oettinger, the EU commissioner for digital economy and society, told Deutschlandfunk radio. "A 'Grexit' isn’t our aim but would be unavoidable if there is no solution in the next five days," he said.

The new Greek government is engaged in tough negotiations with foreign creditors on the restructuring of the country’s debt. It came to power on a promise to stop the painful austerity policies of its predecessors, advocated by the creditors and which resulted in social and economic problems in Greece. But Athens is short of the money and is unable to pay the national debt, which makes exiting the Eurozone and defaulting a possible scenario.

Over the past few days, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has been negotiating with the IMF and European officials on proposed reforms that his government is required to initiate, to secure a 7.2-billion euro tranche of bailout money and allow Greece to repay 1.6-billion euro.
The repeated rejection of equivalent measures by certain institutions never occurred before-neither in Ireland nor Portugal. #Greece (1/2)
Alexis Tsipras (@tsipras_eu) June 24, 2015
This odd stance seems to indicate that either there is no interest in an agreement or that special interests are being backed. #Greece (2/2)
Alexis Tsipras (@tsipras_eu) June 24, 2015

The Saturday meeting of the Eurozone finance ministers will be decisive” in breaking the stalemate in the Greek debt negotiations, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told a news conference on Thursday.We are saying, not without careful thought, that this Eurogroup is of decisive importance, taking into account that time is very short and that a result must be worked on,” she said, dodging a question about possible Plan B to avoid Greek default.

Greece and its lenders have been gridlocked in talks over its €240-billion debt for about six months. Fears of Greece defaulting are causing a run on the banks, with people withdrawing record amounts of deposits.

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