GREEK DEBT, LAGARDE: “WE HAVE NOT REACHED SUBSTANTIAL RESULTS” The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) denied the imminence of a deal between Greece and its international lenders

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Claims, denials, highs and lows characterize the Greek crisis, showing the precariousness of the alleged deal that should be clinched by Greece and its international lenders. After the slowdown of the European Commission yesterday, these denials came as a wet blanket for the ones hoping for an imminent solution. The news came from the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde. “We are all working to find a solution for Greece, but I would not say that we have already reached substantial results” she said during an interview with the German television ARD. “Things are changing, but there is still a lot of work to do”.

But Greece seems optimistic. In fact, the spokesman Gabriel Sakellaridis said that the Greek country “wants the deal by Sunday. Athens is doing its best to avoid a default, and a deal will be clinched very soon. Everyone wants to avoid the default of the country, the lenders too.” Moreover, yesterday the Greek government stated that the representatives of the country had clinched a deal with those of the EU and IMF, a deal that was intended to unlock the assignment of new funds to Greece.

Also the Minister of the German Finance, Wolfgang Schaeuble, dampened the enthusiasm about the achievement of the deal between Athens and its lenders. “We always listen to positive news coming from Greece, which is a good thing. But, ultimately, the negotiations on a reform agreement have not gone so far”, Schaeuble said in an interview with ARD. “So I’m surprised to hear Athenians say that the deal is near to be clinched”.

Translation provided by Maria Rosaria Mastropaolo

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