ECB man wants two-year Greek deal

European Central Bank policymaker Joerg Asmussen said yesterday the Eurozone should agree next week on two years of funding for Greece and leave further help to be decided later, a view likely to irk the IMF, which wants a permanent solution. “We should next week settle the financing for the years 2013 and 2014, but you have to be honest and say we do not really expect the country to have access to markets in 2015 and 2016; that means a follow-up programme would be necessary,” Asmussen told German broadcaster ZDF. A two-year deal would postpone a longer-term solution to the Greek debt crisis until after a September 2013 German general election.