Alexis Tsipras

Greece promises return to markets despite spat with lenders

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has promised to return the country to international bond markets in 2017, despite delays in a bailout review and a spat with rescue lenders over a pre-Christmas welfare program.

Tsipras said Thursday that an easing of Greece's chronic fiscal problems would lead to a market return — for only the second time since the country first requested an international bailout in 2010.

"Greece now has the fundamental elements in place to be on course to access markets in 2017 on its own," Tsipras said during an event in Athens organized by the European Investment Bank.

Greece is currently on its third rescue program, paid by...

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