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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Eurogroup Agrees To €7 Billion Bridge Loan So Greece Can Repay Troika; No ELA Increase On Deck | Zero Hedge

Eurogroup Agrees To €7 Billion Bridge Loan So Greece Can Repay Troika; No ELA Increase On Deck | Zero Hedge

ack in February, when the ill-fated Greek attempt to renegotiate its existing bailout (instead culminating with a new, €86 billion bailout program 5 months later) was launched, Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem rejected a request for a short-term financing agreement to keep the country afloat while it renegotiates the terms of its bailout program. "We don’t do bridge loans", Dijsselbloem told reporters in The Hague, when asked about Greece’s request.Turns out "we do" after all.
After last night's full capitulation vote by Greece which will push its debt beyond 200% just so the insolvent nation can repay its creditors, the next step would be of course finding a funding solution until the terms of the full ESM bailout are ironed out. Which means, coming up with a bridge loan just so Greece has the funds to repay its default to the IMF now amounting about €2 billion as well as the ECB's €3.5 billion payment on Monday.
Sure enough, moments ago Bloomberg reported that Euro-area finance ministers agreed in principle to extend a €7 billion($7.6 billion) bridge loan to Greece, citing an official familiar with the decision. The loan is due to be announced tomorrow once technical details are sorted and national parliaments vote on the bailout deal, the official said, and since this loan has to be funded ahead of the ECB's maturity, this is one deadline the Eurogroup will keep.
Furthermore, with the sanctity of the ECB's balance sheet in question it meant that even one of the staunchest opponents to a 3rd Greek bailout, Finland, would have to promptly fall in line, and so it did:
  • FINNISH PARLIAMENT GRAND COMMITTEE APPROVES GREEK BAILOUT TALKS

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