Greece reached a desperately-needed bailout deal with the eurozone on Monday after marathon overnight talks, in a historic agreement to prevent the country crashing out of the European single currency.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras agreed to tough reforms after 17 hours of
gruelling negotiations in return for a three-year bailout worth up to
86 billion euros ($96 billion), Greece's third rescue programme in five
"EuroSummit has unanimously reached agreement," EU
President Donald Tusk said. "All ready to go for ESM (eurozone bailout
fund the European Stability Mechanism) programme for Greece with serious
reforms and financial support."
The new rescue for Athens is the
country's third since 2010 and came after a bitter six-month struggle
following Tsipras's election in January that put Greece's membership of
the eurozone in the balance.
Greek banks have been closed for
nearly two weeks and there were fears they were about to run dry due to a
lack of extra funding by the European Central Bank, meaning Athens
would have had to print its own currency and effectively leave the
"Grexit has gone," European Commission President
Jean-Claude Juncker told AFP, ruling out the threat of Greece leaving
the single currency, which could potentially destablise not only the
euro but the world economy.
Tsipras insisted the deal was good for
Greece despite the fact that the harsh terms were near identical to
those rejected by Greeks in a referendum just one week ago.