Flare-up between Athens and IMF fuels doubts over review breakthrough

PoliticsGreek Politics Tags: Austerity, IMF, Reforms, Tsipras
Photo by Panayiotis Tzamaros/Fosphotos
Photo by Panayiotis Tzamaros/Fosphotos

The omens for a productive visit by the institutions’ mission chiefs to Athens did not look particularly good on Monday as the dispute between Greece and the International Monetary Fund over fiscal targets in particular intensified just before talks were due to resume.

A blog post by the head of the IMF’s European Department, Poul Thomsen, and the Fund’s head of research, Maurice Obstfeld, suggesting that Athens is at fault for the high primary surplus targets it has to meet brought an instant reaction from the Greek ...

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