Euro Reaction Mute as Diplomat Signals Greek Bailout Talks Stalling
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The Euro moved sideways early Tuesday morning as a meeting of European finance ministers to determine the fate of a second Greek bailout dragged on beyond Monday evening into the following morning. A European diplomat spoke in Brussels as Eurozone officials continued discussing details of the bailout. The diplomat cited “good prospects” for the meeting’s outcome but did not provide much information regarding a resolution markets had eagerly awaited Monday.
Saying that additional talks are necessary to reach an agreement, the diplomat noted that a majority of ministers at the sit-down are pushing for increased private sector involvement (PSI). In other words, most of the currency bloc’s member states are pushing the Institute of International Finance (IIF), which argues on behalf of bondholders, to accept greater losses on Greek debt held by private creditors.
Investors have been highly anticipating a conclusion to talks on Monday that sought to finalize details regarding a second bailout package for Greece. Two major points of contention have stalled talks: the magnitude of losses to be taken by creditors as part of a bond swap meant to reduce Greece’s debt burden as well as concerns regarding the implementation of additional austerity measures, where Athens has conspicuously fallen short before.
The diplomat did not provide a timeline for when markets can expect the meeting to conclude. For now, markets remain in the dark, leaving the Euro without a clear directional bearing as traders shy away from committing to a directional bias until definitive results emerge.
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