Ed Driscoll

Question Asked and Answered

“Can Greeks Become Germans?”

— Thomas Friedman, the New York Times, July 19, 2011.

“Greeks Prepare to Nationalize Banks…”

—Headline today at the Drudge Report, linking to this London Telegraph article:

Greece no longer has enough money to pay the IMF €458m on April 9 and also to cover payments for salaries and social security on April 14, unless the eurozone agrees to disburse the next tranche of its interim bail-out deal in time.

“We are a Left-wing government. If we have to choose between a default to the IMF or a default to our own people, it is a no-brainer,” said a senior official.

“We may have to go into a silent arrears process with the IMF. This will cause a furore in the markets and means that the clock will start to tick much faster,” the source told The Telegraph.

What could go wrong?

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