ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Greece will have to ask for an extension of its current bailout to give itself and the euro zone time to hammer out a new agreement, as there is no specific plan for Athens now, the EU’s economics commissioner said on Tuesday.
Pierre Moscovici said euro zone ministers would listen to Greece’s views at a meeting on Wednesday and tell Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis what they thought of them. But a deal to extend the bailout would have to be reached by Feb. 16 if talks were to continue.
ISTANBUL, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Greece must respect European
Union rules as it seeks an alternative to an extension of an
EU/IMF bailout and Europe must recognise Greek voters’ ardent
hopes for a change from austerity policies, French Finance
Minister Michel Sapin said on Monday.
“We have to respect the vote of the Greek people and we have
to respect European rules. I think everybody can understand the
other side,” Sapin told Reuters, Bloomberg and the Wall Street
Journal in an interview on the sidelines of a meeting of G20
finance ministers and central bankers in Istanbul.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – The world’s 20 biggest economies must focus on higher labor productivity and become more competitive and innovative if they want to deliver on a pledge to boost economic growth, the OECD said on Monday ahead of a G20 meeting.
Leaders of the world’s top 20 economies (G20) agreed last year to launch new measures to raise their collective gross domestic product growth by an additional 2 percentage points over the next five years above the level projected in 2013.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – World financial leaders are likely to agree on Tuesday to cut the number of actions they will take this year to boost growth to only 5-10 priorities per country to make it easier to check if they are being done, European officials said.
The world’s 20 biggest developing and developed economies (G20) are meeting in Istanbul.
ATHENS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Greece’s new leftist-led government, isolated in the euro zone and under pressure from the European Central Bank, said on Friday it wanted no more bailout money with strings attached from the European Union and International Monetary Fund.
Instead, a government official said, it wanted authority from the euro zone to issue more short-term debt, and to receive profits that the European Central Bank and other central banks have gained from holding Greek bonds.
THE HAGUE (Reuters) – Euro zone countries that break the EU budget deficit limit should get more time to cut the gap only if their parliaments approve structural reforms, the chairman of euro zone finance ministers Jeroen Dijsselbloem told Reuters on Friday.
The statement could spell trouble for France, which has repeatedly broken European Union budget deficit limits as well as its promises to bring the shortfall back in line.
THE HAGUE (Reuters) – Euro zone finance ministers are waiting to hear on Feb. 11 how Greece wants to become financially independent as time runs out for the new government in Athens to sign up to agreed reforms, the chairman of the ministers said on Friday.
Greece has undergone painful changes over the last four years to put its bloated public finances back in order and regain the trust of financial markets. But euro zone officials say the work is not yet complete.
ATHENS/BRUSSELS, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Greece’s new leftist-led
government, isolated in the euro zone and under pressure from
the European Central Bank, vowed on Friday not to accept any
deal in crunch talks next week that keeps its current
international bailout programme in place.
Instead, a government official said Finance Minister Yanis
Varoufakis would ask for a “bridge agreement” to keep state
finances running until Athens can present a new debt and reform
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Greece’s new government was isolated at its first meeting with senior euro zone officials but will have a chance to put forward its plans at a special meeting of finance ministers of the currency bloc next week, EU officials said on Friday.
Eurogroup finance ministers will discuss how to proceed with financial support for Athens at a special session next Wednesday in preparation for talks among European Union leaders on the issue the following day.
BRUSSELS, Feb 5 (Reuters) – France’s budget deficit this
year will be far above the EU limit and will not move in 2016
unless policies change, the European Commission forecast on
Thursday, stepping up pressure on Paris to act before an
evaluation later this month.
The Commission, which is the guardian of EU laws, said it
expected the French deficit to narrow only to 4.1 percent of GDP
this year from 4.3 percent last year, and stay at 4.1 percent in
2016 despite faster economic growth.