The head of the Eurogroup of finance ministers, Jean-Claude Juncker, said Friday that Ireland had not asked for bailout assistance from eurozone partners.The Luxembourg prime minister gave a resounding "No" when asked during a news conference if Ireland had called in help from the European Financial Stability Fund, set up in May to protect debt-laden eurozone economies."If Ireland asked for help, it would get it from the EFSF. But the question has not been asked," he said, echoing similar denials from the Irish government and the European Commission in Brussels.
The eurozone finance ministers postponed agreement on the next Greek deal following a rare public feud between IMF chief Christine Lagarde and "Liar-in-Chief" Jean-Claude Juncker, chair of the eurogroup of finance ministers.
Recall that Juncker once publicly stated "When it Becomes Serious, You Have to Lie".
Athens (AFP) - Greece's new anti-austerity government is set to hold its first talks Friday with its eurozone partners about its ambitions to secure a reduction in the massive debts linked to its 240-billion-euro ($269 billion) international bailout.
Brussels (AFP) - European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker believes an agreement on a third bailout for Greece is likely this month, hopefully by August 20 when Athens must make a key debt repayment.