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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-04-02

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  • [01] Wikileaks: IMF to threaten Greece with bankruptcy
  • [02] Gov't spokeswoman: Greece requests official explanations from the IMF

  • [01] Wikileaks: IMF to threaten Greece with bankruptcy

    IMF's intention to put pressure on Greece threatening it with bankruptcy in order to pass its harsh measures, revealed Wikileaks in a phone conversation between IMF director in Europe Poul Thomsen and IMF's mission chief in Greece Delia Velculescu.

    Poul Thomsen is allegedly trying the IMF to not return to Greece and the review of the Greek programme to be delayed until July; therefore, Athens will run out of cash and will be forced to accept IMF's demands for additional harsh measures not foreseen in the agreement.

    IMF's director in Europe also said that the IMF will not agree with the review and that it will not accept a small package of measures. He proposes Greece to be found with the back against the wall with no cash and on the brink of bankruptcy in order to be forced to impose the measures the IMF wants.

    So, the deliberations on the review will be delayed until July in order to coincide with the referendum for the Brexit and the Europeans to have additional time because they do not want to take decisions before the British referendum.

    He also reveals that he is planning to blackmail German Chancellor Angela Merkel with IMF's withdrawal from the programme which will raise a series of difficult questions in German parliament.

    On her part, Vesculescu said that July's agreement was a mistake because it offered to the Greek government a very strong argument to not accept the additional measures requested by the IMF, claiming that they are committed to implement only those agreed and nothing more. She also said that they should have set higher goals to the Greeks, essentially confirming Greece's huge negotiation success in last summer's agreement with its lenders.

    [02] Gov't spokeswoman: Greece requests official explanations from the IMF

    ANA/MPA---The Greek government asks for explanations from the IMF if the creation of bankruptcy conditions in Greece before the referendum in Britain is the Fund's official position, stated on Saturday government spokeswoman Olga Gerovassili referring to Wikileaks revelations and IMF's director in Europe Poul Thomsen phone conversation with IMF's Delia Vesculescu.
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