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Greece needs Debt Relief: How much and at what price?

“Europe’s Greece problem, which brought the euro area to the brink of a breakup in 2015, is back in the headlines,” says Jeromin Zettelmeyer, economist at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.  And so is also the issue whether Greece can succeed without more debt relief. “Greece needs indeed more …

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Greece’s Debt: Lagarde launches new round of argument with Schaeuble

Managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, said that she disagrees with German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble over Greece’s financial problems. “I am not aligning myself with Minister Schaeuble who says that Greece’s problem is not debt but productivity,” Lagarde said in an interview to conservative-leaning American Enterprise …

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EU Commission is looking for staff level agreement on review by April 7

The aim is to reach a staff level agreement by the Eurogroup on April 7, European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said on Monday, as Greece and lenders continue negotiations in order to conclude the second review of the current Greek program. The spokesman said that the negotiations between Greece and …

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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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IMF dismisses news it plans to join Greek Program with $3bn to $6bn

Spokesman of the International Monetary Fund, Gerry Rice, dismissed media reports according to which the IMF will join the Greek program with a small loan somewhere between three and six billion dollars. Rice insisted that there has been no discussion at the IMF board about any amount. Gerry Rice‏ @IMFSpokesperson As …

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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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