Even as Greece denied a Dow Jones report that it would be receiving a new bailout package to the tune of almost 60 billion euros ($85.71 billion) as it continued to deal with its debt crisis, senior euro zone policymakers said that the new package might come as soon as June.
Ratings agencies reacted Monday to the rescue, not the denial, with Standard & Poor's dropping Greece further into junk territory and others warning of similar steps. And Tuesday a New York Times op-ed called for the country to leave the euro behind.
Reuters reported that a senior Greek finance ministry official who asked not to be identified said, "Greece is not holding any discussion on any new aid package. Such reports about discussions on new aid are not true." However, after a meeting in Luxembourg on Friday, Jean-Claude Juncker, chairman of the Eurogroup of finance ministers of the euro zone, said there was a consensus that Greece would indeed need a second rescue.