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Juncker Tells Kathimerini He Didn’t Want IMF Role in Greece

March 17, 2012

Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean- Claude Juncker, who heads the group of euro-area finance ministers, said Germany and the Netherlands wanted the International Monetary Fund to provide financial support to Greece, Kathimerini reported, citing an interview.

“I was among those who didn’t want the IMF’s involvement,” Juncker told the Athens-based newspaper in a preview of a story to be published in tomorrow’s editions. “The Dutch and German parliaments would be very reluctant to provide Greece with assistance if there were no support from the IMF,” he said.

Juncker also said Greece’s partners insisted primarily on fiscal consolidation and didn’t put enough emphasis on promoting the nation’s growth, Kathimerini reported.

To contact the reporter on this story: Eleni Chrepa in Athens at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jerrold Colten at

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