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IMF: Greece would be in default if loan unpaid

By Agencies in Luxembourg, Athens and Berlin | China Daily | Updated: 2015-06-19 07:50

The IMF dashed any hope on Thursday that Greece could avert default if it fails to repay a 1.6 billion euro ($1.8 billion) loan by the end of June, piling pressure on leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who showed no sign of yielding to creditors' demands.

Eurozone finance ministers descended on Luxembourg for a meeting once billed as the final chance to reach a deal, but any expectation of a breakthrough there had all but vanished, with Athens ruling it out as a forum to discuss new proposals.

Ireland's finance minister said he expected any chance of a last-ditch deal to avert a Greek default to hinge on a European Union leaders' summit late next week.

IMF: Greece would be in default if loan unpaid

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