Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Greece Update

by Bill McBride on 7/08/2015 08:04:00 PM

From the Financial Times: Lew and Lagarde raise pressure on EU to avoid Grexit.  Both the US and the IMF are pushing for debt relief, but it doesn't seem like anyone is listening.

From the WSJ: Greece Requests Three-Year Bailout in First Step Toward Meeting Creditors’ Demand

The government in Athens formally asked for a three-year bailout from the eurozone’s rescue fund on Wednesday and pledged to start implementing some economic-policy overhauls by early next week, according to a copy of the request seen by The Wall Street Journal.

But whether European leaders accept the application for more emergency loans at a crisis summit on Sunday still depends on Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras making a drastic turnaround on pension cuts, tax increases and other austerity measures after five months of often-acrimonious negotiations.
From the NY Times: Greek Debt Dispute Highlights Prospect of a Euro Exit
“We have a Grexit scenario prepared in detail,” Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, said on Tuesday, using the term for a Greek exit from the euro. On the other side, Greece’s leaders have decried similar comments as “blackmail.”
A grim situation - and Greece is already in a Great Depression size slump.