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Germany Rejects Notion Of Greek Debt Write-off - Yahoo News

Dijsselbloem is in Athens for talks with Greeces new left wing government after it promised to renege on key bailout commitments required for repayment of a 240 website billion euro ($270 billion) rescue package. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, Pool) ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Germany bluntly rejected on http://berrydopl.postbit.com Friday suggestions that Greece should be forgiven repayment of its rescue loans, while a top eurozone official said there was no decision yet on what to do after the country's bailout program runs out at the end of February. The comments came as Greece's new radical left government, voted in last Sunday, sought to make good on its pre-election promises of seeking to write off half of Greece's debt and reverse the austerity measures that are a condition of its international bailout. "The discussion about a debt cut or a debt conference is divorced from reality," Martin Jaeger, a German finance ministry spokesman, said in Berlin. Jaeger said Greece was obliged to abide by the terms of its 240 billion euro ($270 billion) bailout program agreed by previous governments or endanger the deal. Without the rescue loans from its fellow eurozone countries and the International Monetary Fund, Greece would go bankrupt. "If the measures announced by the new government in Athens were implemented, then one has to ask whether the basis of the program wouldn't be called into question and therefore pointless," he said. In Athens, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Dutchman who chairs eurozone finance meetings, met with top officials to sound out the new government. Dijsselbloem said that while Greeks have gone through "a lot" in recent years to reform their economy, progress had already been made.
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