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George Osborne: No UK cash for Greek bailout

An anti-EU protester unfurls a Greek national flag next to riot police on the steps in front of the parliament in Athens. Credit: Reuters

The Chancellor is seeking to block any move by the EU to use hundreds of millions of pounds of UK taxpayer's money in the latest efforts to rescue the Greek economy from oblivion.

In a series of telephone conversations with counterparts ahead of a meeting in Brussels later today, George Osborne is said to have made clear that ignoring a 2010 agreement by using the EU budget as collateral against short-term loans for Athens was a "non-starter".

A Treasury source said: "Our eurozone colleagues have received the message loud and clear that it would not be acceptable for this issue of British support for eurozone bailouts to be revisited.

"The idea that British taxpayers' money is going to be on the line in this latest Greek deal is a non-starter."


Lagarde: Greek deal 'is a first step to rebuilding growth'

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde talks to Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos. Credit: Reuters

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde said that the deal on Greek debt is "a first step."

Without doubt, we have the feeling that it's a first step to rebuild growth. Now we have to implement the measures and continue with the steps.

– Christine Lagarde

Greeks call German minister a 'Nazi' after debt deal

Many Greeks have reacted angrily to news of the deal agreed by eurozone leaders, with many directing their anger at the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and especially towards finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble.

A poster depicting a defaced image of German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble on the wall of a Eurobank branch in Athens. Credit: Reuters

Newspapers laced the morning's headlines with references to World War Two and railed against what they see as Berlin's attempts to humiliate Greece.

In particular, Greeks bristled at Schaeuble's proposal, which was not included in the final deal, for a temporary Greek exit from the euro zone, which many saw as tantamount to expulsion by stealth.

A poster depicting a defaced image of Schaeuble on the wall of a Eurobank branch in Athens highlighted the anger felt by some on the streets of Greece.

Cameron: Greek deal 'gives stability a chance'

David Cameron has welcomed the Greek debt deal, saying it gives stability in the eurozone a chance.

The Prime Minister said: "What's in Britain's interest is that there is stability in the eurozone and there isn't the threats of uncertainty and instability and I think this deal gives that sort of stability a chance. But obviously there is a long way to go to put into place all the things that have been agreed."


Osborne gives 'cautious welcome' to Greek deal

George Osborne has cautiously welcomed the Greek deal, but said: "we need to make sure it works for our country as well as the rest of Europe."

The Chancellor added: "What we really want to see is this turned into a lasting solution. Because this risk from Greece hangs over the whole European economy, including Britain."

Greek rescue deal: What we know so far

Eurozone leaders have reached a tentative deal on Greek debt - here's what we know so far:

  • The Greek government requested a three-year,€53.5 billion (£38.5 billion) rescue package from Europe's bailout fund. The fund will be run with European oversight.
  • In return for a commitment from Greek PM Tsipras to push through pension, market and privatisation reforms, the 18 other eurozone leaders have agreed to start talks on a new bailout.
  • However the Greek parliament must still approve the agreement.
  • The deal means that the ECB can continue to support Greek banks, which have come close to collapse.

National democracy and eurozone membership 'incompatible'

Nigel Farage has reacted to the tentative Greek debt deal to say that the agreement shows that: "national democracy and membership of the eurozone are incompatible."

If I were a Greek politician I would vote against this deal. If I were a Greek 'no' voter I would be protesting in the streets. Mr Tsipras's position is now at stake. This conditional deal shows that national democracy and membership of the eurozone are incompatible.

– Nigel Farage, Ukip leader
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