Officials from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund are being asked to delay a critical report into the state of Greece’s public finances until after the US Presidential elections in November, according to a Reuters news agency report.
The report, originally slated for early Summer, had been expected to be published during the first week of October to coincide with the EU Finance Ministers meeting and the Leaders’ Summit a week or so later.
However, a senior EU official told Reuters that “the Obama administration doesn’t want anything on a macroeconomic scale that is going to rock the global economy before Nov. 6″. Reuters also reports that sources in the German government have been nudged by administration officials in Washington to keep the report under wraps until the November polls.
Greek Finance ministry: No delay in Troika report
Inspectors from the troika of European Union and International Monetary Fund lenders have assured Athens that their report will not be delayed until after U.S. elections in November, a Greek finance ministry official said on Friday.
“We categorically deny it. It has nothing to do with reality,” the official said. “The heads of the troika meeting the finance minister right now also deny it.”