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G7 Finance Chiefs Ponder Flagging Growth, Greek Risk

Posted May 28, 2015

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Paul Carrel – Reuters)

Little more than a gentlemen’s club in recent years, G7 finance ministers and central bankers have their work cut out this week to revive stuttering global growth and defuse tensions over China’s growing economic clout.

Topping the agenda for the finance chiefs from the Group of Seven industrial nations is how to keep a faltering global recovery on track as the threat of a Greek default, rising oil prices and bond market turmoil fuel investor nervousness.

The United States is likely to use the talks, beginning late on Wednesday and running through to Friday, to press Europe to reach a funding-for-reforms deal with Greece. U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said he feared a miscalculation could lead to a new crisis which could have consequences for the wider world and said Greece’s creditors may have to give some ground if its leaders took “the kinds of tough steps that they need to take”. Click here to read more.

Related: U.S. Urges European Leaders to Solve Greek Crisis Quickly (NY Times)