BRUSSELS (MNI) - Disbursement of the next tranche of EU-IMF bailout aid for Greece cannot be guaranteed unless Athens meets all the conditions agreed, Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the Eurogroup of EMU finance ministers, said Wednesday.Then, whoops, Greece says... er... we can't meet the targets:
Greece has made "enormous efforts," Juncker acknowledged, but Greek authorities "must know that they have to respect the objectives defined by the Eurozone."
"The conditionality is of primary importance," he said. Before the next disbursement of loans to Greece in mid-December can be decided, "it is necessary that all the conditions defined by the Eurogroup be respected."
"If this is not the case, it is not guaranteed that the transfer of the next tranche of aid can take place," he added.
Stocks took another hit Monday after Greece admitted it won't meet its deficit reduction targetsSo what to do, what to do? Well easy, fudge it and carry on lending:
Eurozone finance ministers gave a clear indication they were preparing to paper over Greece’s failure to hit international lenders’ mandated budget targets for 2011, saying they would now evaluate Athens’ performance based on goals that combine both this year’s and next year’s finances.But don't worry:
The decision came a day after Greek finance minister Evangelos Venizelos acknowledged Athens would miss the 2011 benchmarks, which the European Union and the International Monetary Fund had set as a prerequisite for disbursing an essential €8bn bail-out payment that is already past due.By combining 2011 with 2012 targets instead, the EU appeared to be preparing to fudge this year’s missed benchmarks, paving the way for the closely watched aid payment, which Athens says it needs in a matter of days or it will run out of cash.
...senior eurozone officials warned they were likely to extract new concessions for 2013 and 2014 in the coming days before signing off on the new money.Ah that's all ok then. Meanwhile in reality land, a European bank could be about to break-up, potentially the first casualty of Greek contagion:
BRUSSELS—Dexia SA's shares fell sharply for a second-straight day Tuesday, as Belgian Finance Minister Didier Reynders said the French and Belgium governments may act to help the troubled bank amid signs that it could be split up.How's this EU-free conference going, Cameron?
The troubled French-Belgian bank said in a statement after midnight Monday that the bank's large portfolio of legacy assets is hampering it structurally, following a five-hour emergency meeting Monday evening.