The New York Times - BRUSSELS — European leaders sought Sunday to quash any doubts about their resolve to help Greece, offering the country a one-year aid package of up to €30 billion at a much lower interest rate than investors have been demanding.
The plan, under which countries in the euro zone would lend Greece money at 5 percent interest — compared with as much as 7.5 percent the government paid on the bond markets last week — brought the currency union significantly closer to what would be the first rescue of a member in its history.
At the same time, the size of the financial commitment, the equivalent of $40.5 billion, which was above market expectations, could at least postpone the need for aid by reassuring investors and helping Greece refinance debt that comes due by the end of May.
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