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Greece Rescue Payout Moves Closer With Deal to Quicken Talks

  • Bailout auditors to return to Athens to finish negotiations
  • ‘The big blocks have now been sorted,’ Dijsselbloem says
A street cleaner walks across Monastiraki square in Athens, Greece, on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. Greece is back in the headlines as it struggles to free itself from a disagreement between the International Monetary Fund and Europe.
Photographer: Yorgos Karahalis/Bloomberg
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Greece and its international creditors struck an agreement at a meeting of euro-area finance ministers in Malta on Friday, breaking the latest deadlock over the country’s rescue and paving the way for about 7 billion euros ($7.5 billion) in aid for Athens.

The two sides, which have been wrangling over key economic overhauls for months, reached a tentative agreement which allows bailout auditors to return to Athens to finish negotiations on the measures that Greece needs to implement to qualify for the next tranche of emergency loans. Although Friday’s decision represents progress, the euro area won’t unlock the payout until their audit is concluded.