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IMF says retains confidence in Lagarde over French trial


WASHINGTON The International Monetary Fund said on Thursday that its executive board continues to be briefed on the French court case involving Managing Director Christine Lagarde and retains confidence in her ability to lead the international organization.

Greeks strike against austerity before budget vote, bailout review

ATHENS Greeks went on strike on Thursday to protest planned labour reforms and painful austerity cuts demanded by the country's European Union and International Monetary Fund lenders as part of a crucial bailout review.

World, 08 Dec 2016

Euro zone grants Greece short-term debt relief; no deal with IMF

BRUSSELS Euro zone finance ministers agreed on Monday some debt relief for Greece but were divided on reforms it must undertake to reach fiscal targets, leaving it unclear if the International Monetary Fund will join the Greek bailout programme.

Business, 05 Dec 2016

Greek finance minister Tsakalotos warns creditors not to push Athens too far

BRUSSELS Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos welcomed "progress" in bailout talks with euro zone counterparts on Monday but warned creditors, including the IMF, not to push for reform measures Athens has not previously agreed to.

Business, 05 Dec 2016

ESM proposes measures to cut Greek debt, but with slow start

BRUSSELS Euro zone finance ministers will discuss next week proposals by the bloc's bailout fund to cut Greece's debt, but with effects that would only kick in in several years' time, putting the International Monetary Fund's support for the measures in doubt.

Business, 30 Nov 2016

Germany confident IMF will stay on board with Greek rescue

BERLIN Germany is confident that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will remain involved in Greece's bailout package, a finance ministry spokeswoman said on Wednesday, declining to speculate on the outcome of a Eurogroup meeting on Monday.

Business, 30 Nov 2016

Greece wants to conclude EU/IMF review but cannot accept 'irrational' demands - PM

ATHENS Greece wants to conclude a crucial EU/IMF review of its bailout progress but cannot accept irrational demands on labour reforms or any extra austerity measures, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Wednesday.

Business, World, 23 Nov 2016

Eurozone finance ministers to meet in Berlin Friday on Greece - Sueddeutsche

BERLIN The finance ministers of Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands plan to meet in Berlin on Friday with officials from the International Monetary Fund to discuss Greece's debt crisis, Germany's Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported.

Business, 22 Nov 2016

IMF urges Kosovo to cut war veterans' benefits or lose access to funds

PRISTINA Kosovo will need to curb the expensive benefits it pays to war veterans if it wants to keep access to loans from the International Monetary Fund, an IMF official said on Friday.

World, 18 Nov 2016

IMF looks forward to working with Trump, won't judge his trade views

WASHINGTON The International Monetary Fund said on Thursday it looks forward to working with the Trump administration and believes the United States will remain fully committed to the Fund and other international institutions.

Business, 10 Nov 2016