Update: as always is the case in Europe, nothing is confirmed until it is officially denied by officials, so here you go:GREEK GOVT OFFICIAL DENIES FT REPORT GREECE PLANNING DEFAULT
There was no explanation from the government official where Greece would get the €2.5 billion it needs to fund upcoming IMF interest and principal payments.
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It should hardly come as a surprise that after the latest round of Greek pre-negotiation negotiations with the Troika, in which the Greek representative was said to behave like a taxi driver, who “just asked where the money was and insisted his country would soon be bankrupt” and in which the Eurozone members “were disappointed and shocked at Athens’ lack of movement in its plans, and in particular its reluctance to talk about cutting civil servants’ pensions” that the next Greek step is to fall back – yet again – to square zero: threats of an imminent default. Which is precisely what, according to the FT, has happened “Greece is preparing to take the dramatic step of declaring a debt default unless it can reach a deal with its international creditors by the end of April, according to people briefed on the radical leftist government’s thinking.”
A word of advice: now that the Eurozone, foolishly, thinks it is insulated from the consequences of a Grexit due to the ECB’s QE, it does not take to ultimatums or blackmail very well. In fact, it takes these very badly.
In any event, here again is the same old song, sung one more time, now by the FT:
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