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#Ajai Chopra

# ajai-chopra - Thursday 10 September, 2015

'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.

# ajai-chopra - Thursday 19 December, 2013

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.

# ajai-chopra - Sunday 15 December, 2013

Troika Translator: What they said and what they meant

We got used to their visits, but what did they really think of us?

# ajai-chopra - Thursday 11 April, 2013

Austerity-only policy for Ireland was a mistake, admits former IMF chief IMF

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.

# ajai-chopra - Thursday 25 October, 2012

IMF tells Europe: 'Deliver on your promises or Ireland is at risk' IMF

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.

# ajai-chopra - Wednesday 18 July, 2012

Child benefit, medical cards and dole payments: IMF's hitlist for next Budget IMF

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.

# ajai-chopra - Wednesday 18 April, 2012

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.

Photos: The troika are back in town Can't Keep Away This post contains images

Photos: The troika are back in town

They just can’t stay away…

# ajai-chopra - Friday 2 March, 2012

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.

# ajai-chopra - Thursday 19 January, 2012

As it happened: Noonan and Howlin discuss the latest Troika review Troika This post contains videos

As it happened: 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.

# ajai-chopra - Monday 16 January, 2012

Sinn Féin granted meeting with Troika

But the IMF’s Ajai Chopra will not be joining in.

# ajai-chopra - Monday 9 January, 2012

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.

# ajai-chopra - Tuesday 29 November, 2011

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Nine things to know by 9am: Eurozone ministers prepare for crunch summit, former NI secretary’s computer may have been hacked, two more years of Trap, and Playboy sued for sexual discrimination… by men

# ajai-chopra - Monday 28 November, 2011

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.

The 5 at 5: Monday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

# ajai-chopra - Thursday 20 October, 2011

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.

# ajai-chopra - Sunday 16 October, 2011

IMF's Chopra says link between state and banks led to Ireland's 'crippling downward spiral' IMF

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.

# ajai-chopra - Thursday 14 July, 2011

Take 5: Thursday

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock.

Troika to deliver verdict on Ireland's bailout progress

It will be the third review delivered by Ajai Chopra and co.

# ajai-chopra - Friday 20 May, 2011

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.

# ajai-chopra - Friday 13 May, 2011

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.

# ajai-chopra - Sunday 24 April, 2011

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.

# ajai-chopra - Friday 15 April, 2011

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.

# ajai-chopra - Wednesday 16 March, 2011

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.

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: A hoax text message spreads panic in Asia, the Taoiseach and Tanaiste head to the USA for Saint Patrick’s Day and how happy twits flock together.

# ajai-chopra - Friday 17 December, 2010

IMF: Ireland may need to make further adjustments IMF

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 - Monday 29 November, 2010

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.

Cowen insists €85bn bailout agreement is "best possible deal" 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.

# ajai-chopra - Friday 19 November, 2010

IMF to begin formal talks with Ireland IMF

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.

# ajai-chopra - Thursday 18 November, 2010

From The Daily Edge 30 things Twitter wants to ask the IMF Getting To Know You This post contains images

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…

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 IMF This post contains images

IMF head passes three homeless on way to bailout talks

Ajai Chopra was photographed passing three beggars on his way to the Central Bank.