Cyprus Deal... Or No Deal: "Anonymous" Rumor vs Euro Commission

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The conflicting headlines continue to spew forth from the union of European nations. Reuters CYBC is reporting that Cyprus has agreed a 'deal' with EU/IMF lenders a 20% levy on deposits over EUR100,000 for Bank of Cyprus and a 4% levy on deposits of the same amount at other lenders (and the Cypriots have dropped plans to nationalize pension funds) citing a senior Cypriot official (who demanded anonymity). At the same time, EU Commissioner Olli Rehn emailed a statement saying that a 'deal' has yet to come forth:

  • *REHN SAYS COMMISSION WORKING HARD TO FIND CYPRUS SOLUTION
  • *REHN SAYS ONLY HARD CHOICES LEFT FOR CYPRUS
  • *REHN SAYS `ESSENTIAL' CYPRUS SOLUTION REACHED ON SUNDAY NIGHT

So who does one believe? And with no market open to test this strawman, what will the decision-makers have to guide their choices? One thing is for sure:

  • *REHN SAYS 'NO LONGER ANY OPTIMAL SOLUTIONS AVAILABLE'
  • *REHN SAYS ONLY HARD CHOICES LEFT FOR CYPRUS

 

Via Bloomberg,

“we recognise the progress now being made by the Cypriot government towards a solution which can pave the way for an agreement on a financial assistance program”

 

“intensive work and contacts will continue in the coming hours”

 

“it is essential that an agreement is reached by the Eurogroup on Sunday evening in Brussels on a financial assistance program for Cyprus”

 

“this agreement then needs to be swiftly implemented by Cyprus and its euro-zone partners”

 

“events of recent days have led to a situation where there are no longer any optimal solutions available”

 

“there are only hard choices left”