Athens, Greece • Greece concluded its tortuous negotiations with its international debt inspectors Tuesday, reaching a deal that will allow the release of a long-delayed rescue loan installment.
The deal does not contain any new austerity measures, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras insisted. In fact, some 500 million euros ($695 million) will be distributed to help more than 1 million needy Greeks.
"Today a long period of tribulations has ended, and a new beginning is being made," Samaras said. Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras said the text of the agreement was being written up.