|November 27, 2012
Eurozone finance ministers and the International Monetary Fund announced Monday they had reached an agreement that moves Greece closer to receiving a massive bailout payment.
The deal includes lower interest rates for Greece, a debt buyback and more time for the debt-laden country to repay its rescue loans. The measures could help cut Greek debt to targets of 124% of GDP by 2020 and lower than 110% in 2022.
"I welcome the initiatives agreed today by the Eurogroup aimed at further supporting Greece's economic reform program and making a substantial contribution to the sustainability of its debt," Christine Lagarde, the IMF managing director, said in a statement.