Eurozone Ministers Endorse Greek Bailout

预期欧元区部长将核准希腊救助计划
Dutch Finance Minister and chairman of the eurogroup Jeroen Dijsselbloem, left, shakes hands with Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos during a meeting of eurozone finance ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels, Aug. 14, 2015.

VOA News,August 15, 2015

Eurozone finance ministers in Brussels have approved the first $29-billion payment of a $93-billion bailout deal for Greece after the Greek Parliament approved the package earlier Friday.

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde, who took part in the meeting by teleconference, said in a statement that Greece must be given more debt relief.

"I remain firmly of the view that Greece's debt has become unsustainable and that Greece cannot restore debt sustainability solely through actions on its own," she said.

Lagarde also said it is too soon to say whether the IMF would participate in the bailout, saying the IMF's board will consider the matter in October.

Finance ministers at Friday's meeting said they are willing to consider additional measures. However, several Eurozone countries have previously said they oppose any additional debt relief for Greece.

The bailout package passed the Greek parliament by a comfortable margin, but many lawmakers from Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' leftist Syriza party voted against the deal.

Growing discord within Syriza could split the party and lead to early elections. The stock market in Athens slid in afternoon trading.

Tsipras told lawmakers that the bailout package is a "necessary choice" for the nation, despite unwelcome tax hikes and spending cuts.

Greece needs the money from international creditors by August 20, when it must repay about $3.5 billion in debt to the European Central Bank.

Greece has been in financial turmoil for more than five years and had already received two bailouts when it came dangerously close to defaulting in June.

预期欧元区部长将核准希腊救助计划

美国之音,2015年8月15日

希腊议会已经批准救助计划,欧元区财长预计将核准这项930亿美元的财政援助。

欧盟委员会发言人布雷哈德说,布鲁塞尔的部长会议可望取得“积极的成果”。

该救助方案在希腊议会以较大优势通过,但很多来自总理齐普拉斯领导的“激进左翼联盟党”的议员投了反对票。

激进左翼联盟党内部加剧的纷争可能造成政党分裂,并导致提前举行选举。雅典股市在下午的交易中下挫。

齐普拉斯告诉议员们说,尽管增加税收和削减开支不受欢迎,但救助计划是国家的一个“必然选择”。

希腊需要在8月20日前拿到国际债权人的借款,届时它必须偿还欧洲央行约350亿美元的债务。

希腊已经深陷金融风暴超过五年。在6月份接近债务违约时它已接受过两笔救助计划。