Friday, August 26, 2011

Bailout for Greece Falters Over Demand for Collateral

Wall Street Journal
August 26, 2011

Euro-zone policy makers on Thursday appeared no nearer to settling a dispute over Finland's collateral demands in exchange for participating in a €110 billion ($158.6 billion) bailout for Greece, raising concerns that the Mediterranean nation may default.

Markets have grown more worried about the potential for a Greek debt default amid an apparent lack of progress in resolving the collateral issue this week. Finland, meanwhile, shows no sign of backing down.

Also Thursday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel unexpectedly canceled a trip to Russia in early September to shepherd through parliament a crucial change to the euro-zone bailout fund.

The cancellation comes at a sensitive time for relations with Russia, and amid growing nervousness about dissent within the ranks of her own party over her handling of the euro-zone debt crisis.

"The date collides with the introduction of the [European Financial Stability Facility] treaty into the Bundestag," a German government official said Thursday, adding that the chancellor wants to stay in Berlin due to the significance of the issue.


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