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Tsakalotos admits “two strategic mistakes” in 2015 negotiations with EU creditors

Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos admitted that the Tsipras government made two strategic mistakes during the negotiations with the European lenders in the first half of 2016. He said that the government considered “the threat of Grexit as a means of pressure towards creditors. However, at that time the German …

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Grand premiere: Greece, FYROM start negotiations to resolve Macedonia name dispute

Grande premiere: Officials from Greece and FYROM meet at the United Nations on Wednesday seeking to end the 27-year-old Macedonia name dispute, a Greek precondition to give green light to FYROM to access the EU and the NATO. At the same time, Tsipras’ junior coalition partner insists on any name …

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Gov’t spokesman says Greece is exiting the 7-year crisis, talks very close to agreement

“There are great social problems that need to be solved step by step, but for the first time we are facing the exit of the seven-year crisis”, government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos on Friday said in an interview to Kokkino radio station. He underlined that the issues remaining to be solved …

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Crucial program review negotiations end without agreement

The critical negotiations between Greece and the lenders aiming to conclude the second program review …concluded at 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday without agreement. Main issues that still remain open are the Labor and the Fiscal ones. There was some convergence in the fiscal issues, the gap decreased to 600 million …

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Tough bargain with Turkey on Refugees, but will EU states stick to their commitments?

The day in Brussels started with a breakfast. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, European Council president Donald Tusk, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and an army of assistants sat around the long table do discuss Refugees and Migrants. Juncker and Tusk present a draft of the EU-Turkey deal that they …

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First round of Review Talks: Creditors – Greece 0-0

Representatives of Greece’s creditors had a 3-hour meeting with Greek officials top officials Finance Minister Tsakalotos, Labor Minister Katrougalos and Economy Finister Stathakis in the first round of negotiations. Protagonist in this today’s meeting was Labor Minister Giorgos Katrougalos as the issue of social security contributions was top on the …

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EP sets up working group to scrutinize Greece’s adjustment program

And Greece’s auditors, the Quadriga becomes…Quinquatria. The leaders in the European Parliament have today approved a proposal by the Liberal and Democrat Group to monitor and scrutinize the implementation of macroeconomic adjustment programmes in countries such as Greece. According to a press release, the Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee …

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FRAPORT sees €1.23bn offer for privatization of Greece’s regional airports as “basis for negotiations” (!!!)

Yesterday, we “celebrated” the Greek government decision to seal the deal and give the privatization of the country’s top 14 regional airports to German-Greek consortium Fraport-Slentel. Yesterday, we welcomed German state-run enterprise FRAPORT for ‘helping  Greece’ as some German media underlined. Today, FRAPORT seems to reconsider the offer it made …

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EURO Summit Background: Grexit at 6 am Monday

Several international media have leaked background information of the stormy negotiations between Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his euro “partners” during the Euro Leaders Summit on Sunday and the dramatic night that followed. Talks “nearly ended in a Grexit, both figuratively and literally when, at 6am Monday morning Brussels …

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Gov’t & opposition leaders agree: Juncker’s revised proposal + 5 Greek changes to be basis for new negotiations

“The revised proposal of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker from June 27/28 plus five changes added by the Greek government will be the basis for the new negotiations between Greece and creditors,” after the Sunday’s Referendum. This was reportedly decided at the Political Leaders Council under President Pavlopoulos on Monday. …

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