IMF Won’t Eat its Words: Greek Debt Relief in Need

greek debt crsis third memorandum july 15 2015

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Greece Debt Relief is Needed

The dramatic deterioration in debt sustainability points to the need for debt relief on a
scale that would need to go well beyond what has been under consideration to date—and what
has been proposed by the ESM. There are several options. If Europe prefers to again provide
debt relief through maturity extension, there would have to be a very dramatic extension with
grace periods of, say, 30 years on the entire stock of European debt, including new assistance.
This reflects the basic premise that debt cannot be assumed to migrate back onto the balance
sheet of the private sector at interest rates close to the current AAA rates before debt levels have been brought to much lower levels; borrowing at anything but AAA rates in the near term will bring about an unsustainable debt dynamic for the next several decades. Other options include explicit annual transfers to the Greek budget or deep upfront haircuts. The choice between thevarious options is for Greece and its European partners to decide.

See also The Deep Deformation of Europe by Elli Louka

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