Greek bailout: 5 key conditions set by EU
European Union leaders agreed to a €130 billion ($172 billion) bailout deal for Greece early this morning after a long night of negotiations. Here are five key elements of the bailout deal.
According to the agreement, private investors will forgive 53.5 percent of Greek debt they hold – a write-off of 107 billion euros, according to The Wall Street Journal. This is more than the 50 percent over which private investors previously haggled.
The agreement requires a sign-off by private investors, represented by the Institute of International Finance (IIF). The IIF director told CNN that he expects a high participation rate in the write-off among the organization’s members, but that the decision is up to each individual investor. According to the IIF, the agreement is “the largest sovereign debt restructuring in history.”
CNN reports that the restructuring will result in significant losses for private investors, making it unlikely the 95 percent participation goal will be achieved. If too many investors reject the deal, its terms will need to be renegotiated, holding up the implementation of the bailout and making a default in March – when Greek debt comes due – once again a possibility.