Sunday, April 25, 2010

Morning Greece: Germany and France Talk Tough

by Calculated Risk on 4/25/2010 09:01:00 AM

From Reuters: Germany, France signal hard line with Greece (ht Jonathan)

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble warned Greece that a tough restructuring of its economy was "unavoidable and an absolute prerequisite" if Berlin and the EU were to approve the aid Greece has requested.

"The fact that neither the EU nor the German government have taken a decision (on providing aid) means the response can be positive as well as negative," Schaeuble told the Sunday edition of German daily Bild.
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Schaeuble's French counterpart Christine Lagarde promised to hold Greece accountable for "unsuitable economic policies" ... She described the aid package as a "cocktail of indulgence and great strictness," telling the Journal du Dimanche weekly that Greece's partners would closely monitor its progress in restoring order to its creaking finances.

"We will (release the aid) according to their needs and in the case of default on repayment, we will immediately put the foot on the brake," Lagarde said.
There will probably be some more news later today.