Eurogroup President and Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem arrives arrives for an Eurogroup Finance ministers' meeting at the European Council in Brussels on Nov.r 9, 2015. AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNAND
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Eurozone finance ministers met Monday to defuse a bitter rift between top EU and IMF officials over how strictly to hold Greece to the ambitious reform commitments made as part of its bailout.Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the head of the Eurogroup of eurozone finance ministers, warned against Greece driving a wedge between the Europeans and the IMF over the scale of the required reforms.The conflict pits the Washington-based IMF against the European administrators of the bailout program: these include the EU's rescue fund the European Stability Mechanism, the European Central Bank and the European Commission.The institutions are clashing over their assessment of the current state of the Greek economy, with the IMF worried that estimates drawn up by the EU and Greece do not add up.
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