Euro Lower , Focus Turned to Greece

Euro is mildly lower as the week starts as focus turned from economic data back to the situation in Greece. A pressing concern is the agreement on Troika’s term for austerity. Greek coalition leaders failed to agree on the details of the terms demanded by international creditors after a five hour meeting with Prime Minister Papademos on Sunday. It’s reported that while the principles to cut spending in 2012 by 1.5% of GDP, or EUR 3.3b, was agreed, the three party leaders’ view on details differed. And there are two big issues left, labour and banks. Papademos then met with troika later on Sunday together with Finance Minister Venizelos and Labor Minister Koutroumanis. Now, the situation is, the three party leaders are required to give their first response to proposed measures by noon today so that it be taken into Euro working group in brussels. On Saturday, Eurozone finance ministers told Greece that it could not go ahead with the PSI debt swap deal unit the reforms are guaranteed.

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