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“Brussels Anonymous”: Greece at risk of not getting cash as reforms lag

Greece is at risk of not getting some 750 million euros next month that it won under a debt relief deal with the euro zone last year because it has not completed agreed reforms, euro zone officials told Reuters on Monday. The money is part of about 4.8 billion euros …

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Belgium to pay €222mn to Greece in SMP profit return from Greek bonds

Belgium will pay a total of 221.8 million euros to Greece in the context of profit central banks made from Greek bonds, Belgian business newspaper L ‘Echo reports. The money is from the ECB and EZ central banks Security Markets Program. “In the midst of a crisis, the European Central …

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Annual inflation in Greece hits 1.0 percent in June

Price hikes in food, fuel, services and other essential goods drove the annual inflation rate in Greece to 1.0 percent in June 2018, from 0.8 percent in May, the Greek Statistics Authority and the Eurostat that uses the ELSTAT data said. According to ELSTAT statement, inflation rate rose 1% between …

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Merkel and Macron agree to create budget for Eurozone, EU reforms

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French Emmanuel Macron agreed on Tuesday to create a budget for the euro zone. They met at Meseberg by Berlin  and agreed also on some other EU reforms like reducing the number of EU Commissioners and take again steps on the migration crisis. The meeting, …

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All lights ‘set on green’ for end to Greek bailout, says finance minister of

All lights ‘set on green’ for end to Greek bailout, said Luxembourg finance minister, Pierre Gramegna, on Friday. Gramegna is one of 19 euro zone finance ministers who will meet next month to hammer out what Greece hopes will be a post-exit plan for substantial debt relief following eight years of …

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ECB: Greece has the lowest growth rate in Eurozone

Greece recorded the lowest growth rate in 2017 among the EU member-states, according to the  annual report of the European Central Bank released  on Monday. The Greek GDP amounted to 1.4%, compared with a 2.3% average in the eurozone, while Ireland’s figure stood at 5%. According to the report, the …

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EU Commission proposes creation of European Monetary Fund by 2019

The European Commission unveiled its vision of a rebooted eurozone, including the creation of a European version of the IMF. The European Monetary Fund should be created by 2019. The European Commission unveiled its vision of a rebooted eurozone on Wednesday, including the creation of a European version of the …

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Eurogroup says farewell to Schaeuble, first time Greece not on the agenda

It was the first Eurogroup meeting without Greece being on the agenda and the last Eurogroup meeting for outgoing German finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble. End of an era. End of the Schaeuble era. His colleagues paid tribute to the longest serving member. They signed on an European Union flag and …

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Economy Minister: Schaeuble’s resistance to debt relief raises questions about Eurozone structure

Greek Economics Minister Dimitris Papadimitriou has accused German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble of being “dishonest” by blocking debt relief for Greece despite his acknowledgement that Athens has implemented significant reforms. Papadimitriou told German newspaper Die Welt in an interview published on Thursday that Schaeuble first had acknowledged that Greece had …

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Poland FM Waszczykowski: Greece is Germany’s ‘de facto colony’

“Poor Alexis Tsipras”,  “Greece’s debt relief is hostage to Berlin’s elections politics”, “Greece is Germany’s de facto colony.” Based on an interview with Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski, where he explains why Poland does not want to join the Eurozone, Politico EU writes, among others: From the beginning of the …

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Greece reaches deal with creditors: “Now negotiations for debt relief,” says Tsakalotos

From Monday afternoon till Tuesday dawn of Tuesday, Greek government and creditors’ representatives sat in Hilton hotel for the fine touch on outstanding issues. The results is an additional austerity measures package without extra financing. This practically means a two-year extension of the bailout agreement Greece and the European creditors …

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Juncker says further pension cuts ‘bad advice”, calls on Eurozone to draw up debt relief measures for Greece

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker urged euro zone countries to draw up more debt relief measures for Greece next month. He said that Athens needed help after making “huge progress” in its economic reforms. “Further pension cuts is a bad advice,” Juncker said. In an interview to Greek economic news …

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