US large-scale investor George Soros (pictured) told Germany’s “Spiegel online” business editors that another international debt haircut for crisis-stricken Greece was inevitable.
“Everyone knows the country will never be able to pay back its debt”, Soros insisted. He said his talks with business partners had convinced him that private investors would be willing to return to Greece once the repayment of public debt was off the table. This, he argued, would allow the country to recover fast.
But it’s been the outgoing German government in particular which has refused to even talk about another write-down on Greek debt. Berlin has only signaled it would be willing to agree to lower interest rates and perhaps grant a longer period for debt repayment.
Soros admitted it would be a hard battle to get the public creditors to forego what they were supposed to get from Athens, as it would breach many political taboos again and would be tough to communicate to taxpayers.
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