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IMF’s Lagarde positive on early loans repayment by Greece

Managing Director of International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde is positive to the idea that Greece repays earlier part of its loans, state broadcaster ERT TV reported on Saturday following a meeting between Lagarde and Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos in Washington. the news comes just hours after reuters reported that Greece …

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“IMF never asked additional spending cuts in Greece,” claims Lagarde

Despite deep cuts having been made in state spending in Greece, the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) managing director Christine Lagarde has claimed that it wasn’t on account of the Fund. Speaking to reporters on Thursday in Washington DC, where she is taking part in meetings between the IMF and Washington …

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“Debt relief essential for Greece to return to growth” says Lagarde at meeting with Tsipras

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras visited the International Monetary Fund and had a meeting with Managing Director Christine Lagarde in Washington DC. After the meeting, the Fund said Tsipras and Lagarde “are committed to working for Greece to return to growth and exit official financing next year.”  Tsipras said he is …

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OECD report: Greece only country that increased taxes, VAT and social contributions in 2016

Greece is defying the prevalent trend among the world’s industrialized nations for reducing tax rates in order to boost investment and competitiveness, a report published by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has shown. In contrast Greece has increased labor and corporate taxes, Value Added Tax as well …

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IMF approves ‘in principle’ €1.6bn loan for Greece , will not give a cent until debt sustainable

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Board has given “in principle” approval to a new programme for Greece but made this conditional on both assurances from Greece’s European lenders and that reforms remain on track and the debt is sustainable. ‘In principle’ the IMF decision is positive for Greece, in …

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Greece needs more prior actions before tranche disbursement possible

A delay is expected in the disbursement of the bailout tranche from Greece’s creditors. Reason for the delay is allegedly that some of the prior actions required have yet to be fulfilled. Speaking to daily Kathimerini, sources say that instead of the decision that was to be made on Thursday, …

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Deal delay: Lagarde urges eurozone to back Greece debt relief, Schaeuble…

The International Monetary Fund and the eurozone may need more time to reach an agreement on a debt relief package for Greece, the Fund’s managing director Christine Lagarde said on Friday. She urged eurozone lenders to be “far more specific” in their commitment to a debt-relief package for Greece. “We …

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IMF lowers Greece GDP growth projection to 2.2 percent

The International Monetary Fund has lowered its projections on Greek growth from last fall and warned against “unreasonable forecasts” and “unjustifiable frameworks” by the country’s European creditors. In its World Economic Outlook, published on Tuesday, the Fund argued that growth in Greece this year will come to 2.2 percent against …

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Lagarde: IMF participation only if Greece’s debt is sustainable

The International Monetary Fund participate in the Greek program only if the country’s debt is judged as sustainable, the Fund’s managing director Christine Lagarde said in an interview to representatives of leading European newspapers. Additionally, she said talks over the Greek debt must first be completed before the IMF decides …

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Lagarde like Schaeuble: First Reforms then Debt Relief Measures

The International Monetary Fund fully adopted the line of German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble. Managing Director Christine Lagarde said that debt restructuring for Greece was needed but the IMF will not insist on upfront debt relief measures. Modalities must be decided upfront, Lagarde said adding that the IMF is  still …

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Greece’s Debt: Lagarde launches new round of argument with Schaeuble

Managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, said that she disagrees with German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble over Greece’s financial problems. “I am not aligning myself with Minister Schaeuble who says that Greece’s problem is not debt but productivity,” Lagarde said in an interview to conservative-leaning American Enterprise …

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