The Strauss-Kahn scandal could not have come at a worse time for Greece.
The IMF boss was seen as a key ally in Athens’ efforts to get its battered economy back on track. And now some in the press fear his arrest could jeopardise the latest payment in an international bailout, due next month.
The head of the IMF had been scheduled to meet the German Chancellor and attend a euro zone finance ministers’ meeting to discuss the debt crisis. Strauss-Kahn was widely credited with helping convince a reticent Angela Merkel to participate in a EU rescue plan to save the Greek economy.
Today the message from Athens, the euro zone and the IMF is that despite Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s uncertain future, it remains business as usual.