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Greece’s shadow economy is 21.5% of GDP, says German IAW

Some countries have much larger shadow or unofficial economies than others. Greece’s shadow economy is worth over a fifth of its total output, and Italy’s isn’t far behind, says a research by German IAW. However, the chart refers only to selected industrialized countries. And Germany is not doing much better… …

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Debt cut for Greece not on the agenda for now, says Schaeuble

Greece must press ahead with implementing its reforms-for-aid program and become more competitive, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble was quoted as saying, adding that debt relief for Athens was “currently” not on the agenda. Euro zone finance ministers and the International Monetary Fund reached an agreement on Greece in June, …

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Fitch upgrades mortgage-covered bond programmes of 3 Greek banks

Fitch Ratings announced an upgrade of four Greek mortgage-covered bonds programmes issued by Alpha Bank, National Bank of Greece and Piraeus Bank to ‘B’ from ‘B-‘, as follows: – Alpha’s covered bonds upgraded to ‘B’ from ‘B-‘; Stable Outlook – NBG’s covered bonds Programme I (NBG I) upgraded to ‘B’ …

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Disposable income of Greek households has increased, claims …

“The disposable income of Greek households has increased in the last two year,” Panagiotis Rigas said on Friday. Who is P. Rigas? The General Secretary of Greece’s governing SYRIZA. In an interview with Athens 984 radio, Rigas claimed the disposable income of Greek households has increased in the past two …

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UPS Schaeuble wants to allow EZ South to tap ESM for investment

German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble was always against a common European debt, against Eurobonds and new support programs for the European South. He seems to have made a U-turn. As expected not without strict measures and concessions. According to German daily BILD, Schaeuble is working on a proposal that would …

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