Greece Get it’s Bailout But at a Cost to the Entitlement Programs

On Sunday, Greece receive $146 billion (110 billion Euro) bailout.  The bailout from the European Union, and International Monetary Fund.

The bailout plans call for the Greek government to implement austerity programs which will hit the  country’s entitlement programs.

The first payment will be made before Greece’s next bond redemption on May 19, said Jean-Claude Juncker after chairing a meeting of euro-region finance ministers in Brussels yesterday. The 16-nation bloc will pay 80 billion euros at a rate of around 5 percent and the International Monetary Fund contributes the rest. Greece agreed to budget measures worth 13 percent of gross domestic product.

“It’s an ambitious program, it’s austere but it’s absolutely necessary,” Juncker told reporters. European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet, speaking at the same press conference, said Greece’s plan will “help to restore confidence and safeguard financial stability in the euro area.”

Bloomberg News has the rest of the story.

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