IMF Warns No Leeway on Payment as Merkel Urges Greece to Bow

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said Greece won’t be given a grace period if it fails to make a payment at the end of the month as Chancellor Angela Merkel said there’s still time to reach a deal on aid.

Lagarde, whose policies were labeled “criminal” last week by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, said that Greece will immediately be considered in default unless it pays about about 1.5 billion euros ($1.7 billion) due to the fund on June 30.

“It will be in default — it will be in arrears vis-a-vis the IMF, yes, on July 1,” Lagarde said at a press conference in Luxembourg where euro-area finance minister meet on Thursday to discuss the deadlock over Greece. “I hope it’s not the case, I really do.” Continue reading

Greece threatens new elections if eurozone rejects planned reforms

Athens’ finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, says referendum or new election on fiscal policy is possible if deadlock remains

Racheting up the pressure ahead of a crucial meeting of his eurozone counterparts on Monday, the Greek finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, said the leftist-led government would hold a plebiscite on fiscal policy if faced with deadlock.

“We are not attached to our posts. If needed, if we encounter implacability, we will resort to the Greek people either through elections or a referendum,” he told Italy’s Il Corriere della Sera in an interview on Sunday. Continue reading