Yet another deadline has passed without resulting in an agreement on the terms for establishing a new rescue package for Greece. The 130 billion euro ($170 billion) in emergency funding earmarked for Greece is contingent on the Greek government agreeing to, and abiding by, a program of severe spending cuts to address the country’s chronic overspending.
Patience is wearing thin amongst the “troika” comprised of the European Central Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the European Commission that will provide and oversee the funding. The mounting frustration was evident in comments German Chancellor Angela Merkel made yesterday before the press in Paris:
“We want Greece to stay in the euro,” she told a news conference. But she added: “I want to make clear once again that there can be no deal if the troika proposals are not implemented. They are on the table, time is of the essence. Something needs to happen quickly.”
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