FRANKFURT (MNI) – Eurozone authorities are preparing a broad,
multiple-nation bailout package including a modified program for Greece,
a second bailout for Spain and a first program for Cyprus, Germany’s
Financial Times Deutschland reported over the weekend, citing Eurozone

Fresh support measures for the three countries could be negotiated
and presented to national parliaments as a package by November at the
latest, the newspaper reported.

A joint package is aimed at breaking resistance against additional
concessions to Greece – particularly among German parliamentarians – by
presenting a broad solution that could represent a breakthrough in the
debt crisis, the paper said.

Initially, decisions were scheduled to be taken in October.
According to the report, however, Berlin is putting the brakes on
closing aid-related deal at the next EU summit in mid-October.

Inspectors from the International Monetary Found, the European
Central Bank and the European Commission – the so-called “Troika” – will
not have concluded their report on Greece by the next Eurozone finance
ministers’ meeting on October 8, the paper said.

According to a separate report in Der Spiegel Sunday, preliminary
findings from the Troika show that Greece’s budget shortfall amounts to
around E20 billion, almost the double of previous estimates.

However, a Greek Finance Ministry official in Athens said the gap
was E13.5 billion, and that it would be bridged with E11.5 billion in
spending cuts and E2 billion in new revenues.

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