BERLIN Aug 26 Greece could return to debt
markets to test the water in the second half of 2014 if his
country returns to growth in the first half of next year and
manages a primary surplus, its finance minister said in a German
media interview out on Monday.
"That would be a great success which would allow us to test
the market with a new bond issue in the second half of 2014,"
Yannis Stournaras told business daily Handelsblatt. "Initially
with a small amount, to test the market."
Asked if it could be in the range of three to five billion
euros, the minister answered: "Perhaps even less."
Stournaras said Greece did not need a second debt haircut
because it could reduce its debt burden by other means such as
easier terms on its current international rescue packages.