The country’s parliament this morning approved an additional $17.6 billion in spending cuts and tax increases as it tries to shake loose the next $40 billion tranche of bailout funds. The government must still approve a 2013 budget set for the country by the “troika” of the European Central Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the European Commission. A vote on the budget is scheduled for Sunday.
In a related development, ECB president Mario Draghi told a press conference today that the ECB essentially has done all it can and will do to help the Greek economy recover. He said that the ECB “cannot do the monetary financing” necessary to keep Greece afloat and that the eurozone’s national governments are going to have to step up. That means bond buying, and Germany continues to take a hard line against that.
The euro has slipped a bit more than 0.2% this morning after falling to a two-month low of $1.2717 earlier.