Some more news from Greece: Record turnout for 'Indignant' protesters in Athens
Greeks inspired by the Spanish “Indignant” or “Indignados” movement held their largest protest so far in Athens on Sunday, which some estimates put as high as 100,000 people, although a more accurate assesment seemed to be that those taking part exceeded 30,000.
Not too bad for a movement that began on Wednesday, though l'ancien regime is not impressed:
Greece’s deputy Prime Minister Theodoros Pangalos had earlier dismissed the significance of the country’s ‘Indignant’ movement. “It is a movement without an ideology or organization, which bases itself on only one feeling, that of rage,” Pangalos told Ethnos newspaper.
And then we receive these good news: IMF rejects report about Greece missing targets
Der Spiegel suggests that troika has found Athens is not sticking to fiscal plan. Troika officials have yet to deliver their report on Greece. The Internationanal Monetary Fund on Sunday dismissed reports that a team of inspectors from the IMF, the European Commission and the European Central Bank had found that Greece has missed all its fiscal targets.
"Recent media reports claiming knowledge of the findings of the review mission are untrue,» an IMF spokeswoman said in an e-mailed statement to Reuters news agency. "Our discussions with the authorities continue, are making good progress and are expected to conclude soon,» she said
An apparatchik from Brezhnev's Soviet couldn't have said it better. But unfortunately we know better now, don't we. The Jok... sorry, the Juncker has told us how much we can trust what our politicans are saying. And talking of Jean-Claude Juncker this is what he said on Thursday: Juncker says IMF could deny Greece next tranche of aid
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Greece risks not getting its next tranche of financial aid from the IMF with little prospect that European countries can make up any shortfall, the head of the Eurogroup of finance ministers said on Thursday.
"The IMF can only be active when there is a refinancing guarantee for 12 months," Juncker told a conference in Luxembourg, adding that he did not believe that the European Union, European Central Bank and the IMF would decide this condition had been met. "I don't think that the troika will come to this result."
Of course not, but one should be careful with those double negatives Herr Juncker.