The International Monetary Fund bent its own rules to bail out Greece back in 2010 in order to prevent much more serious damage to the eurozone and world economy.
In a detailed report on its handling of Greece’s first 110 billion euro bailout, the IMF said assumptions about growth were too optimistic, private investors should have suffered a “haircut” much earlier, and the rescue failed to meet one of four criteria — a high probability of Greece having a sustainable debt burden in the medium term.
Looking back, the IMF said the biggest rescue in the fund’s history might also have failed to meet two of the other criteria — a good chance of regaining access to capital markets, and a reasonably strong prospect of success taking into account Greece’s capacity to reform.
The IMF provided 30 billion euros as part of the rescue led by the Troika — the European Commission, European Central Bank and IMF — heading off the threat of a disorderly default and containing contagion within the eurozone.
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