Greek debt haircut seen exceeding 60 percent
By GEORGE JAHN and ELENA BECATOROS , 10.11.11, 06:21 AM EDT
VIENNA — Greece’s bondholders may have to settle for a cut of more than 60 percent in what Athens owes them, the head of the eurozone’s finance ministers has said, the first open admission that such a drastic move is being considered.
Jean-Claude Juncker, who is also prime minister of Luxembourg, was quoted late Monday by Austrian state broadcaster ORF as saying that eurozone countries are “talking about more” than a 50 to 60 percent haircut for Greece.
Experts and investors believe Greece’s debt situation is untenable, even with more reforms and austerity measures, and will need to write off some of the money it owes bondholders.