Greeks, allies plan technical talks in search of deal on debt

February 12, 2015 10:40 PM

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In negotiations, semantics matter. So when Yanis Varoufakis, the feisty finance minister of Greece, was handed a text that said Athens would agree to “extend” its current economic bailout program, he balked. He insisted, rather, that the word “amend” be used.

His German counterpart, Wolfgang Schaeuble, stormed out of the conference room in anger.

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