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Berlin calls Italy: “You are not Greece”

The deadlock in government formation after Sunday’s election in Italy, did not only stirred up the markets but set also the back of Germany on fire. “You’re not Greece, the eurozone can not afford for a Greek-style scenario in Italy” Berlin told Italy through Philipp Missfelder, foreign policy spokesman of Merkel’s …

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Greek opposition leader Tsipras calls for European debt conference

Greek main opposition leader Alexis Tsipras from left-wing SYRIZA called for European debt conference and a debt ‘haircut’ for Greece and the entire Southern Europe as the only viable solution. In an exclusive interview to British daily “The Guardian“, Tsipras stressed that the austerity program is not working while it increases the …

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Greek PM: Money Available ‘Till End of November, Democracy at Risk if Gov’t Collapses

 Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras hit dramatic tunes about the state finances and the social situation of the country. Speaking to German daily Handelsblatt, Samaras stressed the necessity of the 31-billion-euro bailout tranche saying that Greece has money until the end of November. “Then the cash box is empty,” Samaras said. “Antonis Samaras told …

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SYRIZA MP: “Greeks Face an Unprecedented Humanitarian Catastrophe”

“Greeks face an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe as health, education and public administration collapse, salaries and pensions shrink, while the unemployment is on the rise with one out of two young people without job,” Rena Dourou, MP from left-wing SYRIZA, told Austrian newspaper “Wiener Zeitung“. “The policies of IMF bring nothing except deeper recession and …

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Greeks Have a Good Feeling: Lenders Positive on Program Extension…

Greeks got the feeling, that the climate is changing, it’s turning from negative-rejecting to positive- supportive. Some hints in this direction came from here and there yesterday, claim the Greek media.  The country’s international lenders hint Greece may get the desired two-years extension. That apparently the total message from the Eurogroup meeting in Nicosia on …

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Greek PM Samaras: All We Want is Breathing Space – Euro Exit A Nightmare

Just hours before the crusial meetings with Euro Group head Jean-Claude Juncker, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras sent his message to the world of Greece’s lenders: We need a little breathing space to revive Greece’s economy,  the drachma would be a catastrophe, Samaras told …

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Juncker Warns of Euro Zone Breakup, Accuses Germany of “Populism” in Case of Greece

 Chief of euro group Jean-Claude Juncker warned that the euro zone would break apart and urged the EZ and EU leaders to save the currency union saying ‘there was no time to lose. Speaking to German Sueddeutsche Zeitung,  Juncker also criticized German officials for their statements about a Greek euro exit. In …

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Roubini: Greek Euro Exit Would Destroy the Euro

Economist Nouriel Roubini, the man who had been pushing Greece to exit the euro area for two consequent years, made a U-turn. “Stop supporting Greece would cause the euro zone to collapse” Roubini said in an interview to German daily BILD. He warned that a Greek exit would also trigger …

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Tsipras to CNN “Austerity Will Send Us to Hell” (video)

“Austerity will send us directly to hell” That was the main message of Alexis Tsipras, leader of left-wing SYRIZA to an American and international audience. Speaking to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Tsipras used the chance also to address German Chancellor Angela Merkel openly accusing her of “having put the euro and …

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German FM: Greeks with Retsina under Olive Tree? A Cliche…

 Guido Westerwelle, German Foreign Minister, from neo-liberal Free Democrats Party (FDP) came to his senses. He apparently realized that the populists policies of FDP cannot save his party from the free fall*.  After two years of sharp criticism towards Greece and while FDP chief Philipp Roesler  finally found another playground …

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Rehn: Greece Joining the Euro in 2001 was a Big Mistake

“Greece’s participation in euro zone was a big mistake.” Instead of baking Easter cookies and paint some eggs, European Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn made some EU soul searching and came to this thoughtful conclusion. Ten (whole) years after. “European decision makers need to be cautious and the euro zone …

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Greek PM Papademos Does Not Rule Out 3rd Bailout Package

Greece’s Prime Minister Lucas Papademos said on Friday the country was making every effort to avoid a third bailout package but said he could not rule out the need for one. “Some form of financial assistance might be necessary but we have to work intensely to avoid such an event,” …

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