February 1, 2012
The scramble for a solution
The Papademos government is juggling dual-talks with bond-holders and public creditors with the March tranche payment hanging in the balance. There is a €14.4 billion bond payment due in March, and without the funds available there would likely be a quick bankruptcy, default, and Greek exit from the eurozone. All parties are saying they do not want this calamity to occur, the ramifications being unpredictable and setting a precedent that might be followed by other heavily-debted EU countries. The scramble for a solution that fits all parties; the European banks, the political leadership, Greek public opinion and all the creditors big and small seems like a near impossible task. Only the fear of what follows bankruptcy seems to be keeping all heads returning to the negotiation tables.
"...creditors have said they would be willing to accept a loss of 70 percent on their new bonds, Greece and its backers have been pushing for more by demanding that these securities carry an interest rate below 3.5 percent.
Greece is effectively bankrupt, staggering under a debt load that the I.M.F. now estimates as equal to about 160 percent of its gross product." New York Times
Update: Febraury 7, 2012 - Papdemos scrambles for solution in Germany
More about the Troika in Greece:
"Midterm" Troika plan passes Greek Parliament - June 2011
Questions about Troika Powers in Greece - June 2011