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$65bn is 18% of Greece's 2008 GDP. At 5.33%, servicing the debt will consume 1% of Greece's GDP and require a roll-over of the debt when the debt expires.

The roll-over is more problematic than the actual interest payments.

What this does is set a cap on the interest rate that Greece has to pay for up to $65bn of its debt. As you point out, the latest auction in the open market was oversubscribed at effectively a lower rate (given the longer maturity). Greece may still manage to auction its debt at a lower rate than the one offered by the EU/IMF and only turn to the EU/IMF for any unsubscribed debt. As somebody quoted in the comments, the loan "may not come to pass" and that would be a good thing because it would mean that Greek debt would be priced at a lower yield than this 5.33%.

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by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Apr 13th, 2010 at 11:44:41 AM EST
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There is a LOT of debt that will need to roll over in 2013-2015. That will make things difficult enough. Add to that problems in Spain, the U.K., Japan, China or the USA....  It is not like we have a stable system of international finance or that real, substantive reforms that would be adequate to the scale of the problems are likely.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Apr 13th, 2010 at 03:53:19 PM EST
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