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FACTDROP: Eurozone ministers OK $10.7 billion Greek loan


Eurozone ministers OK $10.7 billion Greek loan

Greek Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos, left, shakes hands with Italian Prime Minister and Finance Minister Mario Monti during a round table meeting of the eurogroup at the EU Council building in Brussels on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011. The 17 finance ministers of countries that use the euro converged on EU headquarters Tuesday in a desperate bid to save their currency and to protect Europe, the United States, Asia and the rest of the global economy from a debt-induced financial tsunami.

Πηγή: AP
Nov 29 2011

BRUSSELS (AP) -- Officials in Brussels say eurozone finance ministers have approved an euro8 billion ($10.7 billion) bailout loan installment for Greece.

Without the loan Greece would have run out of cash and been in default before Christmas.

The EU had demanded, and received, letters from the leaders of Greece's main political parties pledging support for tough austerity measures to get the loan.

The installment is part of a euro110 billion ($150 billion) bailout package from eurozone nations and the International Monetary Fund that has kept Greece afloat since May 2010.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to divulge information while the meeting was still going on.

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