A breath of air

TRUE to the deadline-busting routine of the interminable Greek debt crisis, the country’s final set of proposals to secure a deal with its creditors, which had been due Sunday night, arrived instead on Monday morning, 12 hours late. Some officials in Brussels were beginning to wonder whether they would turn up at all, after a muddle in Athens resulted in an earlier draft being sent by mistake. The Greek proposals, while far more detailed than previous ones, still contained plenty of gaps, according to people who have followed the roller-coaster negotiations closely over the past four months. But Jeroen Djisselbloem, head of the Eurogroup of finance ministers, called them “positive” and “a basis to restart talks”.


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