BRUSSELS — The eurozone is likely to decide on a third bailout for Greece in November, after international inspectors finish an assessment of Greece’s struggles to carry out painful reforms, officials said on Thursday.
The International Monetary Fund and Greece estimate that Athens will need 10-11 billion euros in new financing in 2014- 2015 above what the eurozone and the International Monetary Fund have agreed to so far.
BRUSSELS/ATHENS — Greece has three days to reassure Europe and the International Monetary Fund it can deliver on conditions attached to its international bailout in order to receive the next tranche of aid, four eurozone officials said on Tuesday.
The lenders are unhappy with progress Greece has made towards reforming its public sector, a senior eurozone official involved in the negotiations said, while another said they might suspend an inspection visit they resumed on Monday.
Mere weeks after the Merkel re-election, it will come as no surprise to anyone that Greece is to be bailed out for the third time. Germany's Die Zeit newspaper notes the government is assembling a Greek bailout plan which essentially has four gimmicks to fill the "high-single-digit-billion" budget shortfall.
Greece needs to avoid across-the-board budget cuts that disproportionately hurt pensioners and employees as it moves into the next phase of its bailout and tries to restore growth, the International Monetary Fund said.
Three years after receiving its first international bailout, with a debt burden that is still too high, Greece needs in-depth changes to its economy to both meet its fiscal targets and attract investors, the IMF said.