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Merkel strikes an uncompromising tone as the ECB tightens the squeeze on the Greek banks

6 July 2015

7:15 PM

6 July 2015

7:15 PM

François Hollande and Angela Merkel have both given brief statements to the media ahead of their dinner this evening. Hollande was keen to stress that the door remained open to Greece for negotiations and struck a generally more emollient tone. Merkel, though, did not sound so emollient. She claimed that the deal that the Greeks rejected was ‘quite a generous one’.

Meanwhile, the European Central Bank—the key actors in this drama—have kept the emergency lending assistance they are offering the Greek banks at the same level. This means that the Greek banks will not be able to re-open. The ECB has also said that it will ‘adjust the haircuts on collateral accepted by the Bank of Greece for ELA.’ In layman’s terms, this means that the Greek banks will have to provide more collateral for the loans that it has. This will further squeeze the Greek banks.


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