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".
Brussels (AFP) - The EU and IMF hit back Wednesday at accusations by Athens that internal rifts were blocking a bailout deal as cash-poor Greece survived yet another big interest payment averting bankruptcy.
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.