A financial deal let Greece make an important debt payment this week. And with the payment in place, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras resigned calling for new elections on Sept. 20th. Also, the International Monetary Fund delayed a decision on China’s currency, the yuan.
Officials of the European Stability Mechanism on Wednesday officially approved the release of $95 billion dollars to Greece. The European Union agency oversees financial help for EU countries. The money will help Greece pay debts to international lenders and support its economy.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras
On Thursday, Greece used money from the European financial bailout to repay $3.5 billion to the European Central Bank.
Earlier, German lawmakers voted to approve the $95 billion bailout package. Germany is the largest single contributor to Greece's economic bailout. The country’s approval of the deal was needed before it could proceed.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's finance minister told lawmakers it would be "irresponsible" not to approve the bailout. He said the package should be approved for the good of Greece and for the European Union.
Finance ministers from countries using the euro approved the first $29 billion payment of the bailout deal on Friday. European countries moved to approve additional money after the Greek parliament approved the deal earlier that day.
The deal permits Greece to continue to be among the 19 countries using the euro.
IMF delayed a decision on China’s currency, the yuan
And the International Monetary Fund says it will delay a decision about China’s money. The international lender said it would wait a year before deciding if China’s money, the yuan, will be used in its group, or basket, of reserve currencies.
Reserve currencies are held by central banks to pay off international debt obligations or influence exchange rates. Reserve currencies include the U.S. dollar, the Japanese yen, the euro and the British pound. IMF reserve currencies are supposed to be freely usable and widely traded internationally.
However, China strictly controls its currency exchange rate and the flow of currency in and out of the country. China recently changed the way it sets the value of its money. Chinese officials said the move was meant to make the currency exchange rate more market-oriented. Soon after, the value of the yuan quickly fell more than three percent in two days last week.
Jim Randle reported these stories. Mario Ritter adapted it for Learning English. Hai Do was the editor.
Words in This Story
bailout –n. the act of rescuing someone or something
contributor –n. someone or some group that gives in order to make something happen
proceed –v. to move forward; to move ahead
reserve –n. a supply of something (money) stored for use at a later time