IMF Wants Eurozone Debt Relief for Greece Until 2040

By Marcus Walker
BERLIN–The International Monetary Fund is pressing the eurozone to let Greece skip paying interest or principal on
bailout loans until 2040, say officials familiar with the talks.
The IMF wants the loans to Greece to fall due gradually in the following decades, and as late as 2080, according to
the IMF’s proposal.makeAd(‘4′,’300×250′,’mktsnews’,’article’,”,”);
The IMF’s proposal, presented to eurozone governments late last week, would keep Greece’s annual debt-service needs
below 15% of its gross domestic product, under the IMF’s relatively pessimistic forecast for Greece’s long-term economic
trajectory.
The IMF’s demands go far beyond what Greece’s eurozone creditors have said they are willing to do to help Greece
regain its financial health.
Eurozone governments, led by Germany, are reluctant to make such major concessions on their loans to Greece, which
currently total just over EUR200 billion ($226 billion) with around another EUR60 billion to come under the latest Greek
bailout plan.
But Germany, the eurozone’s dominant economic power, also wants the IMF to rejoin the Greek bailout as a lender.
The IMF hasn’t yet signed up to the Greek program agreed last summer.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has long viewed the IMF as essential to the credibility of the Greek bailout. Her
government promised Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag, last year that the IMF would join the new bailout program
before Europe disburses further money to Athens.
Write to Marcus Walker at marcus.walker@wsj.com

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