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# Ajai Chopra

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# dread letter days
'Ultimatums are not the way to do business': Key IMF figure criticises Trichet letters
Ajai Chopra claimed the ECB “went beyond its mandate” in letters sent by Jean-Claude Trichet to Brian Lenihan.
# Burning Bondholders
Paying unguaranteed bondholders was unfair, admits former IMF chief
Speaking to the IMF, Ajai Chopra went on to say that eurozone partners had stopped Ireland from imposing haircuts on senior creditors.
# Bailout exit
Troika Translator: What they said and what they meant
We got used to their visits, but what did they really think of us?
Austerity-only policy for Ireland was a mistake, admits former IMF chief
Ashoka Mody says the Troika chose to go down an austerity-only route instead of conceding on terms and conditions.
IMF tells Europe: 'Deliver on your promises or Ireland is at risk'
The head of the IMF’s mission to Ireland says selling a share in the banks to the ESM is a good idea for everybody.
Child benefit, medical cards and dole payments: IMF's hitlist for next Budget
An IMF review says “expensive universal supports” like child benefit may need to be reformed to be better targeted.
# Troika
Troika turned down suggestion of meeting with Oireachtas committee - Noonan
Michael Noonan says he suggested that the Troika meet with an all-party committee, but that the inspectors rejected the idea.
# can't keep away
Photos: The troika are back in town
They just can’t stay away…
# Bailout
IMF: Irish economy faces larger challenges than first expected
The IMF’s latest quarterly report has similar concerns to that of the EU: that a dip in exports could mean tougher times ahead.
Noonan and Howlin discuss the latest Troika review
We liveblogged events from Government HQ as the ministers hosted a press briefing on the latest EU-IMF review of Ireland.
# Troika
Sinn Féin granted meeting with Troika
But the IMF’s Ajai Chopra will not be joining in.
# Bailout
Ireland should negotiate 'standby second bailout', says Citi chief
Citigroup’s chief economist Willem Buiter says Ireland should have a second funding deal wrapped up before the first one runs out.
# Bailout
IMF was in favour of Government burning senior bondholders
Ajai Chopra, Chief Negotiator with the IMF, reveals that his group would have backed such a move – but the European partners in the bailout would not.
# Troika
Troika: Irish programme is succeeding but challenges ahead
Following a 10-day assessment of Ireland’s rescue package, the European Central Bank, European Commission and International Monetary Fund remain upbeat on the economy’s future.
IMF's Chopra says link between state and banks led to Ireland's 'crippling downward spiral'
Ajai Chopra was in Kenmare in Kerry to deliver a speech on the financial stability of the EU.
# Troika
Troika to deliver verdict on Ireland's bailout progress
It will be the third review delivered by Ajai Chopra and co.
# Bailout
IMF says Ireland's bailout plan on track but calls for "comprehensive" EU plan
The head of the IMF mission to Ireland Ajai Chopra says Europe needs to develop a “comprehensive” solution to the debt crisis affecting the entire bloc.
# Blame Game
Lack of "political fortitude" and poorly run institutions to blame for the financial crisis
The IMF is blaming the government and low quality financial institutions for failing to legislate to avoid disaster. The organisation will meet on Monday to discuss Ireland’s situation.
# Bailout Boys
The BBC bailout documentary: some choice quotes
Dan O’Brien’s half-hour programme on Ireland’s economic downfall gets its first airing. Here are some select excerpts.
The Daily Fix: Friday
In today’s Fix: EBS joins banks in posting major losses; computers being programmed to ‘feel’ regret; and interesting interpretations of skyscraper design.
Chopra and troika partners seek to allay fears over growth
The so-called troika partners of the EC, ECB and IMF gave a press conference in Dublin this afternoon where they endorsed the Irish government’s programme.
# Chopper
IMF's Chopra to meet ministers over bailout progress
Ajai Chopra will hold meetings with Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin to discuss Ireland’s progress in reforming itself.
IMF: Ireland may need to make further adjustments
If the state is to reduce the budget deficit to 3 per cent of GDP by the target date of 2015, more adjustments may be needed.
# Ajai Chopra
IMF can renegotiate bailout terms with new government – Chopra
Ajai Chopra says a new government can tweak the terms of Ireland’s bailout – as long as it maintains the same objectives.
# Bailout
Cowen insists €85bn bailout agreement is "best possible deal"
€17.5bn of Ireland’s rescue will come from its own pensions reserve, while the remainder comes at a hefty 5.8% charge.
IMF to begin formal talks with Ireland
IMF delegates filter into the country for rescue package talks – but the government insists it will not bow to pressure to reduce the corporation tax rate.
# Getting To Know You
30 things Twitter wants to ask the IMF
Who was right in Saipan? Which is better, Daddy or chips? And as for how they get the figs into the fig rolls…
# Bailout Republic?
IMF to send "around a dozen" for Irish talks
An International Monetary Fund spokeswoman reveals that several “banking experts” are on the way for crisis talks.
IMF head passes three homeless on way to bailout talks
Ajai Chopra was photographed passing three beggars on his way to the Central Bank.