Greek debt talks collapse: European equities hit by Grexit fears

Emma Haslett
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Greece has until the end of the week to agree a new deal (Source: Getty)

European markets were knocked by fears of a Grexit this morning, after the collapse of emergency negotiations last night.

The FTSE 100 dropped 0.13 per cent, while Germany's Dax fell 0.7 per cent and France's Cac dropped 0.9 per cent.

Meanwhile, equities in Athens fell four per cent, led by banking shares, which dropped more than eight per cent. Greek 10-year bond yields jumped 1.5 percentage points to 9.46 per cent.

The falls came after talks between European finance ministers descended into acrimony last night, after Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis took objection to a draft statement, which required Greece to stick to its "current [bailout] programme".

Following the meeting, Varoufakis said he had been ready to agree to an extension of the existing programme, but added that the conditions imposed by the statement were too strong.

In a bizarre series of events, the maverick Greek finance minister said he had been presented with a draft statement by European Commissioner Pierre Moscovici which he was broadly happy with. Yet, Varoufakis claimed, this draft was suddenly replaced by a new version which implied Greece would have to stick to measures it vehemently opposes.
“[The original draft] was replaced with another document, that took us not just back to last Thursday, but indeed it took us back to last Wednesday – when we were pressurised to extend the current programme,” Varoufakis said.
“It proved impossible for the Greek government, despite our infinite goodwill, to sign the offered communique.”
The new draft was subsequently leaked by angry Greek officials, showing Varoufakis' markup of document, complete with angry underlinings.

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