ATHENS/PARIS (Reuters) – Greece let yet another deadline slip on Monday for responding to painful terms for a new EU/IMF bailout, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel made clear Europe’s patience is wearing thin over drawn-out negotiations among its feuding political leaders.
Failure to strike a deal to secure the 130 billion euro ($170 billion) rescue risks pushing Athens into a chaotic debt default which could threaten its future in the euro zone.
PARIS (Reuters) – Public sector holders of Greek debt, such as the European Central Bank, may need to take a haircut if a private sector restructuring is not enough to make Greece’s debt burden sustainable, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said on Wednesday.
Talks with private sector creditors hit an obstacle on Monday when euro zone ministers rejected their demands for a 4 percent coupon on new, longer-dated bonds in exchange for existing debt.
BRUSSELS, Jan 24 (Reuters) – France outlined on
Tuesday a blueprint of its own tax on financial transactions to
other EU countries, in a fresh attempt to win backing for such a
scheme across the European Union.
President Nicolas Sarkozy is hoping the tax will be
introduced in France before the end of the year, meaning that
parliament would have to approve it before breaking in February
ahead of presidential elections.
PARIS/BERLIN, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Germany and France
pressed on Monday for a rapid deal between Greece and its
private creditors that cuts its soaring debt to sustainable
levels and said they were committed to a sealing a new bailout
for Athens by March to avert a disastrous default.
Euro zone finance ministers met in Brussels to discuss the
terms of a Greek debt restructuring and new treaties that will
pave the way for tighter fiscal discipline and a new rescue fund
the bloc wants in place by mid-year.
PARIS/BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany and France pressed on Monday for a rapid deal between Greece and its private creditors that returns its soaring debt to sustainable levels and said they remained committed to a new bailout that is needed by March to avert a disastrous default.
Euro zone finance ministers are due to decide later on Monday what terms of a Greek debt restructuring they are ready to accept as part of a second rescue for Athens.
PARIS, Jan 23 (Reuters) – France and Germany said on
Monday that a deal with private sector investors to reduce
Greece’s debt burden was “taking shape” but Athens needed to
stick to its reform promises to secure a new EU/IMF programme
needed to avoid default by March.
Private creditors said on Sunday they had come to the limits
of the losses they could concede in a Greek debt swap, putting
the ball in the court of the EU and the IMF.
PARIS (Reuters) – French President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Friday that time was running out to avoid a military intervention in Iran and he appealed to China and Russia to support new sanctions to force Tehran to negotiate over its uranium enrichment program.
France has led international efforts for tougher measures to increase pressure on Iran to halt its nuclear program since talks between Tehran and six world powers — the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany — stalled.
PARIS, Jan 6 (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Mario
Monti warned the European Union on Friday not to let divisions
over managing its debt crisis blow up into serious splits, and
President Nicolas Sarkozy warned that a euro collapse could
Sarkozy, who met Monti in Paris ahead of his talks in Berlin
on Monday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said Rome and
Paris shared a “perfectly identical view” on Europe’s future and
on how the crisis of confidence in the bloc should be resolved.
PARIS (Reuters) – France drew solid demand at its first debt auction of 2012 with yields rising only slightly despite fears for its AAA rating, but that was not enough to prevent most European debt markets weakening as investors fretted about the euro zone’s periphery.
Debt sales next week by more fragile euro zone economies Italy and Spain may provide a stronger test of investor appetite for the battered region.
PARIS, Jan 5 (Reuters) – French borrowing costs rose
slightly when the euro zone’s second-largest economy sold debt
for the first time this year on Thursday but demand was solid
despite concerns the country could lose its AAA credit rating.
With a heavy schedule of debt redemptions in the first
quarter, market fears about euro states’ ability to fund their
debts remains high. France, which has a slowing economy and a
presidential election looming in April, is seen by many to be at
greater risk from ebbing investor confidence than regional