Greece Could Ask for a Renegotiation of Bailout Terms

Greece may seek to ease its debt burden by renegotiating its bailout terms, the Greek finance minister said on Monday.

Yannis Stournaras told German newspaper Handelsblatt this could involve lower interest payments and more time to repay 240bn euros (£206bn) in loans.

It comes a day after he conceded that Greece may face a hole in its finances of up to 10bn euros.

Speculation over Athens’ borrowing needs comes at a sensitive time, with German elections due in September.

Earlier this month German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said for the first time that Greece will need another bailout to plug a forthcoming funding gap.

The Greek bailout remains a sensitive topic in Germany. Chancellor Angela Merkel facing re-election on 22 September, and many German voters feel they have already contributed enough to European bailouts.

via BBC

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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 has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. 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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