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Greece May Face Aid-Payout Delay as EU Warns on Backsliding

  • Tsakalotos says September timetable may slip amid stats row
  • Athens told ‘to depoliticize the Greek administration’
Tourists watch presidential guards perform their ceremonial duties on Syntagma Square in Athens, Greece, on Thursday, May 26, 2016.
Photographer: Yorgos Karahalis/Bloomberg

Greece’s finance chief said the next international aid payout to the country may be delayed as the European Union stepped up warnings about domestic political meddling in the Greek state.

Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos raised the possibility of the government in Athens failing to qualify on time for a 2.8 billion-euro ($3.1 billion) disbursement due in September from the euro area. That’s what remains of a 10.3 billion-euro tranche that finance ministers approved in principle three months ago.