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Re: G3/B3 - GREECE/EU/ECON - IMF to set Greek terms in potential challenge to Europe

Released on 2001-03-13 18:00 GMT

Email-ID 1130782
Date 2010-03-30 14:54:54
all he's saying is that the IMF isnt going to do anything special for
greece, just because its a member of this currency bloc. if theres an IMF
program, the IMF is going to run it. they're not going to get into a
power sharing situation with the EU, or provide funds without the
attendant control over the austerity program. thats it.

On 3/30/10 07:49, Bayless Parsley wrote:

no, he's saying if Greece asks, there will be one

but this idea of the IMF deciding on its own how to carry it through...
this gets back to my questions over the past few weeks. Strauss-Kahn is
talking almost as if the IMF can act as an autonomous entity, rather
than as a reflection of the votes allotted to member states according to
their quotas

or perhaps i'm just reading it wrong, and all Strauss-Kahn is saying is
that it will certainly not be the Greeks determining the rates they
receive on any IMF loan. (but if this is the case, i don't see why the
Bloomberg reporter would write that this is "reflecting tensions with
European leaders over a possible rescue.")

Emre Dogru wrote:

So, Kahn is making clear that this will be indeed an IMF rescue plan
and IMF will put the rules.

Antonia Colibasanu wrote:

IMF to Set Greek Aid Terms in Potential Challenge to Europe
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By Agnes Lovasz

March 30 (Bloomberg) -- The International Monetary Fund would
dictate terms of assistance it provides Greece, Managing Director
Dominique Strauss-Kahn said, reflecting tensions with European
leaders over a possible rescue.

Leaders of the 16-nation euro region last week endorsed a
combination of IMF and bilateral loans at market interest rates
should Greece run out of fund-raising options, while saying they
would maintain control over the process.

Any Greek package would "be an IMF program decided by the IMF as it
happens with each and every country," Strauss-Kahn said in an
interview on a flight to Bucharest from Warsaw today. "The IMF will
define the conditionality, as we do with any country."

Strauss-Kahn's comments signaled a potential turf battle with
European leaders. Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, who
chairs the panel of euro-area finance ministers, said last week that
he "would have preferred" a "purely European" plan. European Central
Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet, who initially opposed an IMF
role, said European governments will remain in control of the terms.

By accepting an IMF role, the euro-area leaders bowed to German
Chancellor Angela Merkel's insistence that up to half of any loans
for Greece come from the Washington-based lender of last resort.

Bond Sale

Greece, battling the European Union's highest budget deficit, sold 5
billion euros ($6.7 billion) of a new seven-year bond yesterday,
testing investors' confidence in the EU aid pledge. The notes fell
in the first trading day, with the yield premium widening about 5
basis points to 339 basis points over benchmark German debt. The
yield rose to 6.078 percent from an issue yield of 6.001 percent.

The sale took care of all of Greece's funding needs for April,
Petros Christodoulou, head of the nation's debt agency, said

Strauss-Kahn said the IMF won't get involved until Greece asks it
for assistance.

"If, and it's a big if, Greece asks for support, we will provide
support for Greece as one of our members, as we do with any other
member," he said in the interview.

He said in Warsaw yesterday Greece might be able to solve its
financing problems alone in the markets, and "hopefully" won't need
the IMF. The IMF has "no role" in a possible rescue for Greece until
the country requests a loan program from the Washington-based fund.

In Greece's Hands

"There's no step" to be taken by the IMF at the moment, Strauss-Kahn
said in the interview. "Everything is in the hands of the Greeks,
not in our hand. We never go to a country and say you need a
program, it's always the other way around. Until a country comes to
us, we have no role, and it's the same for Greece."

He declined to speculate on how much money Greece may be able to
borrow. It will be a multiple of the country's IMF quota, which will
depend on the fund's assessment of the country's needs, he said.

The Greek government is counting on wage cuts and tax increases to
shave its budget deficit to 8.7 percent of gross domestic product
this year from 12.7 percent in 2009, the highest in the euro's
11-year history.

"It seems to be the right thing to do," Strauss-Kahn said, adding
that he currently wasn't in a position to predict if any additional
measures will be needed.

To contact the reporter on this story: Agnes Lovasz in London at
Last Updated: March 30, 2010 04:34 EDT

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