IMF head's arrest casts shadow over bailout summit

May 15, 2011 - 9:43 AM
IMF Head Assault

FILE - In this April 15, 2011, file photo International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn attends the IMF/World Bank spring meetings in Washington. Strauss-Kahn, 62, seen as the strongest potential challenger to French President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2012 presidential elections, was pulled off a plane bound for Paris at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport Saturday May 14, 2011, and subsequently arrested in connection with the violent sexual assault of a New York hotel maid. Political rivals expressed shock at his arrest. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

BERLIN (AP) — The arrest of IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn means a key participant will be missing at a European summit considering whether to give Greece billions more in financial help.

Strauss-Kahn was to hold talks Sunday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and join a summit of European finance ministers on Monday in Brussels. That won't be happening since he was arrested Sunday in New York on suspicion of sexual assault on a hotel maid.

Ministers from the 17 countries that use the common euro currency are talking about whether they have to give Greece more help in paying its debts. Greece already received a euro110 billion ($157 billion) bailout package from the European Union and the IMF last year.

The International Monetary Fund says it "continues to function" despite the arrest.