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Euro dips in Asian trade as Greek exit looms

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The euro was slightly down against the dollar in Asian trade on Monday after eurozone leaders set Greece a brutal ultimatum for a desperately needed bailout deal as an exit from the single currency loomed ever larger.

[TOKYO] The euro was slightly down against the dollar in Asian trade on Monday after eurozone leaders set Greece a brutal ultimatum for a desperately needed bailout deal as an exit from the single currency loomed ever larger.

The euro stood at US$1.1130 shortly after 7:00 am (2200 GMT Sunday) in Tokyo, down from US$1.1149 in New York late Friday.

In earlier electronic trading before markets opened, the euro fell as low as US$1.1089.

At a summit on Sunday, hawkish Germany pushed for a Greek "time out" from the euro if leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras fails to agree terms for a three-year rescue plan worth up to 86 billion euros (S$129.7 billion).

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Athens faces demands to push through new reform laws next week to win a third bailout since 2010, with the government in a tight corner as the cash-starved country's banks look set to run dry in days.

Mr Tsipras, who was elected on an anti-austerity platform in January, insisted on Sunday a deal was possible "if all parties want it", and added that he was ready for an "honest compromise".

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