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When will Greece return to markets? ESM, Commission send conflicting messages

Greek government borrowing costs hit their lowest level in more than five years this week, investors speculate that Athens may soon end the exile from bond markets.  The Greek government signals return to the markets can happen already in summer 2017, short after creditors disburse the 7-billion euro bailout tranche …

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IMF Thomsen: Greece will need at least 20 years to return to pre-crisis levels

Greeece will need at least twenty years to have its GDP return to pre-crisis levels. This message full of … spring optimism was transmitted by Poul Thomsen, in charge of the European program of the International Monetary Fund. Speaking at a conference in the University of Oxford, Poul Thomsen said …

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One more Eurogroup for Greece as three major reforms remain open

One more Eurogroup for Greece as eurozone finance ministers meet in Brussels  later on Monday.  One more Eurogroup without great expectations like concluding the second review. The Greek government anticipates a sign of progress and looks towards the next Eurogroup meeting in April. Aim of both sides is to bridge …

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Trump wins – A painful change for the Greek government

Trump’s victory must have shocked the Greek government. The planned 2-day visit of outgoing US President Back Obama in Athens on November 15th will take place in a new dimension as the Democrats will be replaced by the Republicans in the White House. The left-wing government had put all its …

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Greece’s Asylum Appeals Committees denounce changes to facilitate mass deportations to Turkey

Following pressure by he European Union, the Greek Government changed the composition of the Asylum Appeals Committees last week. The EU has been claiming  that the existing committees were not sending refugees back to Turkey, because they did not consider Turkey a safe third country for each applicant as the …

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Where did Greece’s bailout money go? Mostly to the lenders…

There is much talking about debt forgiveness and haircut lately with many economists (finally!) wondering where did the bailout money for Greece go. “Just 10% from the two bailouts totalling €252 billion went into public spending,” UK-based NGO Jubilee Debt Campaign has found out. “London-based pressure group Jubilee Debt Campaign, …

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Greece bows to Troika’s demands: Hikes in Value Added Tax to hit tourism

Greece’s resistance to Troika’s demand did not last long. Just a couple of days after the negotiations failure in Paris, the country’s lenders e-mailed the Greeks that they should definitely need to impose additional austerity measures and fill the hole of estimated 2.5 billion euro in the budget of 2015.  …

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