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ECB must keep buying bonds to cushion Ukraine fallout, says Bank of Greece governor

The European Central Bank (ECB) should continue its bond-buying stimulus programme at least until the end of the year and keep it open-ended to cushion the fallout from any conflict in Ukraine, ECB policymaker Yannis Stournaras told Reuters. He was the first ECB official to spell out how events in …

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Greece exposed to increased risks from climate change, says ECB-ESRB report

Banks in Greece, Spain and Portugal face increased risks from the climate change, according to a joint report by the European Central Bank (ECB) and the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB) published on July 1. Greece and other southern EU countries are exposed to increased risks, on the one hand …

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OECD: Recession in Greece lower than the Eurozone average

The Greek economy will contract at a smaller rate in 2020 compared with the Eurozone average, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said in its semi-annual report on the global economic outlook. This forecast comes in opposition to forecasts made by the European Commission and the International Monetary …

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Draghi: There was no Plan B for Greece, he didn’t want Grexit

Outgoing head of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, has said that he was never part of the camp that wanted “to let Greece go” from the eurozone during the deadlock between lenders and the then recently elected SYRIZA party in 2015. In an interview with the Financial Times published …

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“Greece is among the best performers in eurozone,” says IMF

Greece has entered a period of economic growth that puts it “among the best performers in the eurozone.” This rather striking judgement comes from the International Monetary Fund in a new report on the Greek economy. A senior IMF official said there were a lot of positive developments to point …

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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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