Eurozone seals second Greek bailout worth 130 bln euros

By REUTERS
February 21, 2012 05:39

 
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BRUSSELS - Euro zone finance ministers approved on Tuesday a second bailout for debt-laden Greece that will resolve Athens' immediate repayment needs but seems unlikely to revive the nation's shattered economy.

After a marathon 12 hours of talks through the night, euro zone officials said ministers had agreed measures to cut Greece's debt to around 121 percent of gross domestic product by 2020, close to their original target of 120, after negotiators for private bondholders offered to accept a bigger loss to help plug the funding gap.

Agreement on a 130-billion-euro rescue package with strict conditions attached will help draw a line under months of uncertainty that has shaken the currency bloc, and avert an imminent bankruptcy.

"The financial volume (of the Greek package) is 130 billion euros and debt-to-GDP (will be) 121%. Now it's down to work on the statement," one official involved in the negotiations told Reuters. Another confirmed the two figures.

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