20 Billion Euro Gap Troika Nearly Doubles Estimate of Greek Shortfall

Greece's budget shortfall now totals 20 billion euros, according to preliminary estimates by international lenders, SPIEGEL has learned. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has asked public-sector creditors to forgive some debt. Meanwhile, Berlin and the European Commission are divided over when the decision on Greece's fate should be taken.
Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras during a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Aug. 24.

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras during a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Aug. 24.

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cro/SPIEGEL -- with wire reports
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