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Creditors’ 3. bailout ‘success’: Greece slides back to recession

It’s fact. The third bailout signed between the SYRIZA-ANEL government and creditors did and could not help Greece’s economic situation at all. It was just an enforced new loan with more additional austerity measures like the odious Value Added Tax hike that tightened the noose around the neck of million of Greeks.

The effect? Not much different than expected. Recession is back!

Greece Slides Back Into Recession Amid Riots, Rewewed “Grexit” Calls

“The new bailout and the attached terms would do exactly nothing to turn the Greek economy around. We’re all for being responsible with the budget but you can’t very well implement fiscal retrenchment during a depression unless you intend to remain in said depression in perpetuity, but alas, that’s exactly what Brussels forced Greece to do and on Friday we learn that the country has slipped back into recession.

GDP contracted 0.6% in Q4 after shrinking 1.4% in Q3. “With opposition mounting to the government’s pension reform plan, the European Union pressuring it to stem the tide of refugees entering the country and the global market rout hastening the sell-off in Greek assets, dark clouds are gathering again,” Bloomberg writes. Ironically, capital controls appear to have helped the economy perform better than expected: “The economy fared less badly than those initial expectations in part due to a 90 percent annualized increase in cashless payments since the introduction of capital controls in June, shifting activity out of the shadow economy.” Another justification for banning cash we suppose.

Earlier this month we noted that Greek bank stocks were cut in half in just a matter of 72 hours while Greek equities as a whole had fallen to their lowest levels since 1989. Yields on the Greek 10Y had spiked back above 10%.

Greece, sources told MNI, “seems unable to deliver” on a number of measures Brussels says Athens needs to implement an effective fiscal consolidation plan. “We agreed to disagree,” one official said. “Judging from (last week’s) talks, the negotiations could drag for months. Anyway, I don’t see any real funding needs for Greece until June,” the official went on to note.”

Full article at Zero Hedge

Yes. The V.A.T. hike was the worst in the 3. bailout, so far. It skyrocketed food prices.

PS thank God, we have the soup kitchens :p

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