05 Jun '11, 4am

ECB likely to signal next rate hike via @cmswire

FRANKFURT - THE European Central Bank is set to signal a rate hike this week as market tensions ease after the ECB, EU and IMF appeared to have snatched Greece again from the jaws of a debt default. A European Union, International Monetary Fund and ECB 'troika' agreed after four weeks of tough talks to provide Athens with the next 12-billion-euro (S$21.6 billion) tranche of aid under a 2010 bailout so Greece can pay its bills in July. At the same time, Jean-Claude Juncker, head of the euro zone finance ministers group, said member states could provide even more aid for Greece and crucially that private sector banks were set to help on a voluntary basis. A Eurogroup pledge would be subject to strict conditions, Juncker stressed, including involvement that 'will have to be negotiated with private creditors.' But 'Europe seems to be on track to contain the debt crisis,' Beren...

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