Greece expects Eurogroup to approve next aid tranche – officials

Greece expects euro zone finance ministers to approve the latest tranche of its multibillion bailout when they meet on Tuesday, Finance Ministry officials said, as foreign lenders wrapped up the latest round of negotiations. “There was progress in our discussions,” the International Monetary Fund’s mission chief for Greece, Poul Thomsen, told reporters after meeting Greek Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras. Inspectors from the European Union, IMF and European Central Bank “troika” were due to leave Athens on Tuesday and Thomsen said they would return in January. Athens was due to receive up to 5.9 billion euros of loans by the end of the year, according to the schedule published by the country’s creditors.


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