EU’s Dombrovskis says Greek pension payout ‘complicated’ review talks

Greece's decision to give pensioners a one-off bonus has delayed the conclusion of its second bailout review but an agreement can still be reached in the coming months, EU Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis was quoted as saying on Saturday. Greece angered its lenders this month by announcing it would spend about 600 million euros on a Christmas bonus for low income pensioners after beating its fiscal targets for the year. "Certainly I wouldn't describe the situation as a 'dead-end' but more turbulent than a few weeks ago," Dombrovskis said in an interview with Greek newspaper Kathimerini.

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