BERLIN (MNI) – German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble in a
newspaper interview published Wednesday seemed to back down from his
opposition to financial aid by the IMF for the ailing Eurozone member

“That a currency zone solves problems in part of its currency area
via the IMF can and must be only the exception,” Schaeuble told
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ).

He added that “in the long term” it was better if the European
Monetary Union solved its problems on its own.

Meanwhile, German ZDF public television reported on Wednesday that
the Eurozone finance ministers were close to an agreement over aid for
Greece including a financial contribution by the IMF.

A high-ranking official from the German Finance Ministry said on
Tuesday that Germany and France had agreed on a participation of the IMF
in an eventual aid package for Greece. “We’re pulling together,” he


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