(Reuters) - Greece's new leftist-led government, said on Friday it wanted no more bailout money with strings attached from the European Union and International Monetary Fund.
Instead, a government official said, it wanted authority from the euro zone
to issue more short-term debt, and to receive profits that the European
Central Bank and other central banks have gained from holding Greek
The Athens official made clear that the new
government, which came to power on a wave of anti-austerity anger in
elections last month, now wanted to forego remaining bailout money that
had austerity strings attached:
"Greece is not asking for the remaining tranches of the current bailout program -
except the 1.9 billion euros that the ECB and the EU member states'
central banks must return."
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will deliver a policy speech to
parliament on Sunday and seek a vote of confidence on Tuesday, which he
is likely to win easily.
JG: Greece has effectively told them: GO AND FUCK YOURSELVES!
Update: February 7, 2015: The prospect of a Greek exit from the single currency bloc. (Reuters)