Greek Deputy PM Meets ECB’s Draghi

Greek Deputy Prime Minister Yannis Dragasakis meets European Central Bank President Mario Draghi on Tuesday, as his government seeks financial breathing room to prevent a default and stay in the euro.

Talks between Greece’s leftist government and its international lenders are stumbling over disputes about pension and labor reforms as the country edges toward a debt repayment deadline to the IMF it will struggle to meet.

With time running out for an interim agreement that Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had aimed for by May 9, Athens faces an immediate cash crunch, which its politicians believe the ECB can help resolve.

If euro zone finance ministers were to acknowledge progress in political talks when they meet next Monday, officials in Athens hope this would prompt the ECB to loosen restrictions on it selling short-term debt – filling its funding hole.

Persuading the ECB and its decision-making Governing Council, including central bank heads from the diverse 19-country euro zone, will however be difficult, in the words of one senior official.

The council meets on Wednesday in Frankfurt to decide on extra emergency funding for Greece’s banks as negotiations on a cash-for-reform deal continue in Brussels between Greece and the International Monetary Fund, ECB and the European Commission.

via Reuters

Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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