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Tax evasion in Greece between €11bn-€16bn annually

Tax evasion in Greece is estimated to be between 11billion euros and 16 billion euros annually, a study has found. The study prepared by EY and commissioned by the DiaNEOsis think-tank was presented during an event hosted by the institute and the Federation of Hellenic Enterprises (SEV), Greece’s largest employers’ …

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Tsipras asked for the IMF’s participation, sees deal in April

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras confirmed on Friday that he had asked managing director Christine Lagarde for the participation of the International Monetary Fund in the Greek program. Greece’s request was reveled by Lagarde a day earlier. The previous approach of the Greek government “We can do also without the IMF” …

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The Week: America is turning Puerto Rico into Greece

I can’t help but remember German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble every time I read somewhere the word “Puerto Rico.” In 2015, Schaeuble offered  US-Treasury Secretary Jack Lew swap burdens of Puerto Rico with those of Greece. Would the swap have been a good deal for Germany and the Eurozone? Hardly. …

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Greece’s economy shrank 1.2% in the Q4 2016

Greece’ economy shrank by 1.2 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2016.This is three times worse than a first estimate of 0.4%. It was the worst quarter since 2015. OUCH. Greek GDP shrank 1.2 per cent in fourth quarter – three times worse than a first estimate of 0.4% …

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Lagarde: Greece doesn’t need Debt Haircut but Restructuring

Managing Director of International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, said that “Greece doesn’t need debt haircut for the time being,” right after the meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Wednesday. What needed is “debt restructuring and interest rate cuts on bailout loans.” Stressing the need of reforms, Lagarde …

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Greece’s public debt reached €326.358billion end of 2016

326.358 billion euros. Greece’s public debt reached 326.358 billion euros at the end of 2016 against €323.709 billion at the end of September in the same year. According to a statement issued by the Public Debt Management Agency on Monday, the cash available at 31. Dec 2016, amounted to 2,791 …

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IMF report: Greece’s debt ‘highly unsustainable’, cut pensions, tax increases for the poor

‘Greek public debt is highly unsustainable, the International Monetary Fund said in a report to be discussed during a board council meeting in Washington later today. The report, exclusively presented by Athens News Agency, said that the Greek economy faced four challenges. The country’s public debt was highly unsustainable the …

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Mody: IMF should forgive Greece’s debt and get out

Renowned economist Ashoka Mody, former staff at the International monetary Fund, came up with a revolutionary proposal, just hours before the IMF’s boards of directors on Monday, February 6th 2017. Describing the IMF’s policies in Greece as “an unmitigated disaster” Mody proposes the Fund’s directors “should agree to forgive the …

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German elections go Greece: Gabriel slams Merkel/Schaeuble on austerity

The elections campaign has officially started in Germany. The Social-Democrats (SPD) with top candidate Martin Schulz challenge the conservative Christian-Democrats (CDU) of Angela Merkel and Wolfgang Schaeuble. While it seemed that the former President of the European Parliament Schulz would have it hard to challenge the Chancellor, the results of …

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Greece, go figure! IMF: Debt not sustainable ESM: Debt Sustainable

Is the Greek debt sustainable or not? Opinions and approaches differ. The International Monetary Fund insists that the Greek debt is not sustainable, the Eurozone’s Fund European Stability Mechanism insists that the Greek debt is sustainable. Greece has three weeks to deal with ‘potentially disastrous’ debt, the IMF said adding …

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Tsipras: Greece will not enact “a single euro extra revenue raising measures”

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras promised that “Greece will not enact a single euro extra revenue raising measures.” Moreover he said that he was “ready for elections” although early elections would be pointless at this time. Tsipras promise comes as the SYRIZA-INTERDEPENDENT GREEKS prepares to celebrate two years in power, while …

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