3 Tough Choices for ECB on Greece

Will the central bank pull the plug?

The feeling may be mutual.

Photographer: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty

As another meeting of euro area finance ministers ended in acrimony Friday, the focus this week will turn to the resumption of -- it is to be hoped -- more constructive technical discussions between Greece and its European partners. Yet the most potentially decisive discussions will be taking place in a different venue: Decision makers at the European Central Bank will hold their weekly consideration of how much “emergency liquidity” they should extend to Greek banks and on what terms.

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