Greece hopes to avoid more austerity as audit begins
ATHENS (AFP) - Greece called for international creditors not to enforce further austerity measures as they began a fresh audit of the country's finances on Sunday.
Monitors from the so-called "troika" of international lenders - the European Union (EU), International Monetary Fund (IMF) and European Central Bank - were set to start their latest inspection of the Greek economy by meeting finance minister Yannis Stournaras.
The audit will determine the release of a scheduled one billion euro (S$1.7 billion) loan instalment from Greece's ongoing bailout.
"The main goal is to avoid new (austerity) measures," said the Sunday edition of liberal daily Kathimerini.