Greece’s Road to Economic Recovery Just Got Very Messy
A Wikileaks transcript suggested that IMF was going to spook the beleaguered country on purpose by not giving anymore cash
New York: A leaked transcript by Wikileaks allegedly revealed how the International Monetary Fund planned to stop bailing out Greece in a bid to force European lenders to offer debt relief in its place.
In other words, the leaked transcript suggested that the IMF was going to spook the beleaguered country on purpose, as well as the rest of the members of the 28 nation bloc, by saying that it wouldn’t be giving Greece anymore cash. In turn, it would mean the EU creditors would be forced to step in and help Greece to stop it defaulting. And now the former finance mi- nister of Greece, Yanis Varoufakis, used the apparent leak to highlight how the way creditors are handling the bailout of Greece is not working and things have got to change.
“In 2015, the troika stalled until July to bring Greece to its knees to force Alexis Tsipras’ hand,” said Varoufakis in a statement published by the BBC and Belfast Telegraph.
“In 2016, as WikiLeaks revealed today, the IMF is planning to stall until July to bring Greece to its knees (again!) to force Angela Merkel’s hand. It’s time to stop Greece’s fiscal waterboarding by an incompetent, misanthropic troika.” Officials from EU and IMF will re- sume talks in Athens on Greece’s fiscal and reform progress next week. They will conclude a bailout review that will lay out what Greece needs to do to unlock loans and pave the way for negotiations on long-desired debt restructuring.
However, talks are set to be even more tense than usual after Greece demanded an explanation over the alleged tactic.
Already, the bailout reviewed was postponed twice since January due to a rift among the lenders over the estimated size of Greece's fiscal gap by 2018, as well as disagreements with Athens on pension reforms and the management of bad loans. An IMF spokesman in Washington said the Fund did not comment on “leaks or supposed reports of internal discussions” but added that the IMF had made its position known in public.
“We have stated clearly what we think is needed for a durable solution to the economic challenges facing Greece —one that puts Greece on a path of sustainable growth supported by a credible set of reforms matched by debt relief from its European partners,” the spokesman said. —Business Insider
Officials from EU and IMF will resume talks in Athens on Greece's fiscal and reform progress next week