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Doubts Linger After Late-Night Deal On Bailout For Greece

Filed by KOSU News in Business.
February 21, 2012

The top of the news today about the ongoing financial crisis in Europe is that:

“Greece won a second massive financial bailout early Tuesday morning when its partners in the 17-country eurozone finally stitched together a $170 billion rescue, meant to avoid a potentially disastrous default and secure the euro currency.” (The Associated Press)

But right after after word came about the deal there was this news from Reuters:

“The agreement was hailed as a step forward for Greece, but doubts immediately emerged as to whether it would do much more than deal with its most pressing debt problems. Greece will need more help if it is to bring its debts down to the level envisaged in the bailout and will remain “accident prone” in coming years, according to a deeply pessimistic report by international experts obtained by Reuters.”

And The Financial Times adds that:

“Attention is now turning to what happens next. The medium-term outlook is bleak. There is a growing consensus among pundits that the only real clarity is that there will be more uncertainty. Jennifer McKeown, senior European economist at Capital Economics, goes as far as to suggest Brussels’ worst fears could yet materialisze: ‘With the recession thwarting debt reduction efforts and public outrage growing, we still see Greece leaving the eurozone before the year is out.’ “

On Morning Edition, NPR’s Eric Westervelt reported that “the deal now hinges on persuading enough private bond holders to take even bigger than expected losses on Greek debt and for Athens to commit and implement deep [budget] cuts.”

As we’ve been reporting, many Greeks are very upset about what the austerity measures mean for their lives.

Shoring up Greece is critical, experts say, because if it defaults that would put pressure on some of Europe’s other financially troubled nations. [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

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