A Greece spokesperson is saying the following after the call with Merkel and Sarkozy, *GREEK BUDGET DECISIONS WILL SHIELD ECONOMY, STATEMENT SAYS, *GREEK BUDGET DECISIONS IN RECENT DAYS WILL HELP MEET TARGETS, *GREECE DETERMINED TO CARRY OUT ALL ACTS TO MEET BUDGET PLANS. GREECE TO MEET 2012 FISCAL TARGETS, PRIMARY SURPLUS WITH NEW MEASURES. Bottom line, Greece is likely going to get its next 8b euro tranche in 2 weeks but apparently Merkel, Sarkozy and Papandreou still don’t like paying attention to the bond market where the 1 yr yield in Greece is yielding 141.8%, the 2 yr is yielding 74.5% and the 10 yr is yielding 25.7%. This says of course that the only lifeline the Greek government has is thru the generosity of its neighbors as they have almost zero chance of paying back in full all that is owed. I mentioned Merkel being in fantasyland yesterday and delusion is the word today that comes to mind after seeing these Greek headlines. One would think at this point that Greece would want a more pronounced debt restructuring in order to slash their debt instead of playing this game of pretend because they’re afraid to hurt the feelings of bondholders.
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