By Paul Taylor & Renee Maltezou
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Euro zone leaders made Greece surrender much of its sovereignty to outside supervision on Monday in return for agreeing to talks on an 86 billion euros bailout to keep the near-bankrupt country in the single currency.
The terms imposed by international lenders led by Germany in all-night talks at an emergency summit obliged leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to abandon promises of ending austerity & could fracture his government & cause an outcry in Greece.
p> "Clearly the Europe of austerity has won," Greece's Reform Minister George Katrougalos said.
"Either we are going to accept these draconian measures or it is the sudden death of our economy through the continuation of the closure of the banks. So it is an agreement that is practically forced upon us," he told BBC radio.
Greece however aims to reopen its banks on Thursday, bankers said. Facing a wave of withdrawals, the banks closed two weeks ago.
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If the summit on Greece's third bailout had failed, Athens would have been staring into an economic abyss with its banks on the brink of collapse & the prospect of having to print a parallel currency & exit the euro.
"The agreement was laborious, yet it has been concluded. There is no Grexit," European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told a news conference after 17 hours of bargaining.
He dismissed suggestions that Tsipras had been humiliated even though the summit statement insisted repeatedly that Greece must now subject much of its public policy to prior agreement by bailout monitors.
"In this compromise, there are no winners & no losers," Juncker said. "I don't think the Greek people have been humiliated, nor that the other Europeans have lost face. It is a typical European arrangement."
Tsipras himself, elected five months ago to end five years of suffocating austerity, said he had "fought a tough battle" & "averted the plan for financial strangulation".
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Greece won conditional agreement to receive a possible 86 billion euros ($95 billion) over three years. As part of the deal, euro zone finance ministers will discuss on Monday how to keep Greece financed during the time it will need to agree a bailout, yet none of the options appear easy, officials said.
Athens must meet a tight timetable for enacting unpopular reforms of value added tax, pensions, budget cuts, bankruptcy rules & an EU banking law that could be used to make huge depositors take losses.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she could recommend "with full confidence" that the Bundestag authorize the opening of loan negotiations once the Greek parliament has approved the entire program & passed the first laws.
The Bundestag is due to vote on Greece on Friday.
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Tsipras returned to Athens on Monday & was expected to meet aides & coalition partners. Facing a Wednesday deadline, he can put all the required measures in one parliamentary bill.
Merkel's allies meanwhile defended the deal, with her chief of staff, Peter Altmaier, saying Europe had won & Germany "was part of the solution — from the beginning until the end!"
But in Greece, relief was mixed with anger at Germany. "Listen, it is some sort of victory yet it is a pyrrhic victory because the measures are very strict," Marianna, 73, told Reuters.
Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said Greece had been â€œhumiliatedâ€Â – mostly as a result of its refusal to take an offer made to it two weeks ago.
Asked whether the tough conditions imposed on Greece were not similar to the 1919 Versailles treaty that forced crushing reparations on a defeated Germany after World War One, Merkel said: "I won't take part in historical comparisons, especially when I didn't make them myself."
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The deterioration of the Greek economy since Tsipras won office in January, & particularly in the last two weeks, had led to a much higher financing need, she said.
One senior EU official put the cost to Greece of the last two weeks of turmoil at 25 to 30 billion euros. A euro zone diplomat said it might be closer to 50 billion euros.
Tsipras accepted a compromise on German-led demands for the sequestration of Greek state assets worth 50 billion euros – including recapitalized banks – in a trust fund beyond government reach, to be sold off primarily to pay down debt. In a gesture to Greece, some 12.5 billion euros of the proceeds would go to investment in Greece, Merkel said.
The Greek leader had to drop his opposition to a full role for the International Monetary Fund in the next bailout, which Merkel had insisted on to win parliamentary backing in Berlin.
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In a sign of how complex it may be for Tsipras to convince his own Syriza party to accept the deal, Labour Minister Panos Skourletis said the terms were unviable & would lead to new elections this year.
Six sweeping measures including spending cuts, tax hikes & pension reforms must be enacted by Wednesday night & the entire package endorsed by parliament before talks can start, the leaders decided.
In almost the only concession after imposing its tough terms on Tsipras, Germany dropped a proposal to make Greece take a "time-out" from the euro zone that many said resembled a forced ejection if it failed to meet the conditions.
Tsipras was subjected to a 17-hour browbeating by leaders furious that he had spurned their previous bailout offer on more favorable terms in June & held a referendum last week to reject it. Only France & Italy worked to try to soften the terms being imposed on Greece.
Some diplomats questioned whether it was feasible to rush the package through the Greek parliament in three days. Tsipras is set to sack ministers who did not support him & make dissident Syriza lawmakers resign their seats, people close to the government said.
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Even if this week's rescue succeeds, EU diplomats question whether Greece will stay the course on a three-year program.
Euro zone finance ministers were tasked with finding sources of immediate bridge funding for Greece to prevent it defaulting on a key payment to the ECB next Monday.
Greece needs 7 billion euros of funding by July 20, when it must make a bond redemption to the ECB, & 12 billion euros by mid-August when another ECB payment falls due.
The ECB on Monday maintained emergency funding for Greek banks to keep them just afloat this week, a banking source said.
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(Reporting by Alastair Macdonald, Andreas Rinke, Tom Koerkemeier, Philip Blenkinsop, Julia Fioretti, Alexander Saeedy, Robert-Jan Bartunek & Julien Ponthis in Brussels, George Georgiopoulos & Lefteris Karagiannopoulos in Athens; Writing by Paul Taylor; editing by Anna Willard & Giles Elgood)
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