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    Alpha and Eurobank National Bank NBG announced on Thursday evening the successful completion of its book building process as far as the international institutional offering is concerned Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Economy 154 19 Nov 2015 Alpha Eurobank raise 4 6 bln in private capital Here s exactly what it means By Manos Giakoumis Two of the four systemic Greek banks Alpha and Eurobank have announced the completion of their bookbuilding process Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Economy 154 18 Nov 2015 Helmut Schmidt Greece and a valuable legacy for Europe By Nick Malkoutzis The death of former German chancellor Helmut Schmidt last week sent ripples of sadness across Europe not just his own country The expressions of grief were a reflection of how the characterful and purposeful Schmidt had enriched European politics during his long career Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Europe 104 11 Nov 2015 Portugal and Greece The opposite ends of Europe s southern periphery By Jens Bastian Portugal and Greece are geographically located at the opposite ends of the eurozone s southern periphery Both countries have a population of approximately 10 million inhabitants with Greece being closer to 11 million Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Europe 104 Economy 154 5 Nov 2015 Now comes the really hard part By Nick Malkoutzis One of the main reasons that Alexis Tsipras wanted to hold elections as soon as possible after agreeing the third bailout in August was that it gave him the best chance of obtaining a fresh mandate before the impact of the latest set of fiscal measures was felt by the average voter Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Economy 154 3 Nov 2015 This is what the ECB s comprehensive assessment tells us about Greek banks By Manos Giakoumis The ECB s Single Supervisory Mechanism SSM disclosed on Saturday morning the outcome of the comprehensive assessment on Greek banks that showed capital needs were broadly manageable and in line with recent market rumors and media reports Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Economy 154 2 Nov 2015 In Erdogan s shadow By Nick Malkoutzis Alexis Tsipras is reportedly preparing to travel to Turkey for talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who has been bolstered by the surprise elections results on Sunday that gave his Justice and Development Party AKP an outright majority in Parliament after gaining almost 50 percent of the vote Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Europe 104 28 Oct 2015 Tsipras and SYRIZA More old than new By Nick Malkoutzis Alexis Tsipras staked his political future on the new vs old concept in the September 20 elections His victory at the ballot box though does not mean that it can yet be deemed a winning strategy Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 First Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Next Last Results 31 to 40 out of

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    Society 29 Greece 229 Politics 155 Europe 104 7 Oct 2015 Portuguese election Where those who lost may decide By Vitor Rodrigues Oliveira Anyone who might have listened the European Commission statement in the aftermath of the Portuguese general election saying that the result confirms the will of the Portuguese people majority to pursue the path of reforms may have got the impression that everything will continue exactly the same Read more 0 Comments Categories Politics 155 Europe 104 Economy 154 5 Oct 2015 If it s debt restructuring you re looking for Regling s not your man By Yiannis Mouzakis The head of the European Stability Mechanism ESM Klaus Regling leads an organisation that in its previous form as the European Financial Stability Fund EFSF issued loans of 17 7 billion euros to Ireland 26 billion euros to Portugal and just under 131 billion to Greece Read more 3 Comments Categories Greece 229 Europe 104 Economy 154 30 Sep 2015 If it s stability you re looking for By Nick Malkoutzis The September 20 election the second this year has probably generated more questions about Greece s political future and how stable it will be than it has answered Repetition it seems has failed to provide clarity Read more 1 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 23 Sep 2015 Neither necessary nor good By Nick Malkoutzis Having let cracks appear in his leftist credentials in January by deciding to work with the Independent Greeks ANEL a party that has espoused populist nationalist racist and conspiracy theorist views Alexis Tsipras has taken a sledgehammer to the hopes of those who thought he might seek a more progressive alliance this time Read more 2 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 21 Sep 2015 Tsipras is at his strongest but for how long By Nick Malkoutzis Working out how Alexis Tsipras went from anti austerity crusader to comfortably winning an election while promising to implement the third bailout and in the process turning a resounding No in the July referendum to a humiliating Yes a week later is something that political scientists will study for years to come Read more 3 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 20 Sep 2015 Why did Tsipras win again By Nick Malkoutzis The initial results from Greece s second general election this year and its fifth since October 2009 suggest that the prime minister Alexis Tsipras has a level of political durability that few could have predicted and that a large section of Greek society is willing to be incredibly patient with him Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 20 Sep 2015 Amid fog of confusion Greeks vote again By Nick Malkoutzis The fact that we are entering Sunday s elections with the result still difficult to predict is a reflection of the failures of Greece s parties but also the confusion felt by voters who feel sapped by the tumultuous events of the last few months which came on top of an

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    will have 19 ballot papers to chose from on 20 September following the approval by the Supreme Court for 14 parties and 5 coalitions to contest the election Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 11 Sep 2015 Election Watch 24 parties and coalitions apply to contest election By Damian Mac Con Uladh Greece s Supreme Court has received a total of 24 applications from political entities including 19 parties and five coalitions to contest the elections on 20 September Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 9 Sep 2015 Election Watch What are Greeks voting for By Nick Malkoutzis Rarely has Greece gone into an election period with so many pieces in flux as it is now The only thing we know for sure about the 20 September ballot is that we really can t be sure of much Read more 1 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 4 Sep 2015 Greek QE eligibility We re not there yet By Manos Giakoumis Following the European Central Bank s governing council meeting on Thursday Mario Draghi provided more detail about issues relating to the eligibility of Greek government bonds GGBs for the Quantitative Easing QE programme and reinstating the waiver on Greek government securities for ECB funding Read more 2 Comments Categories Greece 229 Europe 104 Economy 154 3 Sep 2015 TINA politics and the Greek elections By Jens Bastian Having struck a highly controversial agreement with Greece s European creditors former prime minister Alexis Tsipras is now confronted in real time with a fundamentally changing political landscape Read more 1 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Europe 104 2 Sep 2015 Election Watch End of an era as Papandreous bow out of elections By Damian Mac Con Uladh With his announcement that his Kinima Movement party will not contest the forthcoming elections for financial reasons George Papandreou seems to be drawing a close on his family s almost century long involvement in Greek politics Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 26 Aug 2015 Tsipras and the binary opposition By Nick Malkoutzis The morning after July s referendum win was a bittersweet moment for Alexis Tsipras It dawned on him that he had an overwhelming mandate not to accept new onerous bailout terms but at the same time that he could not risk Greece s position in the euro Fulfilling both desires would require a gold medal winning balancing act on the political high beam Read more 5 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 17 Aug 2015 Why Tsipras might gamble on snap elections Many people asking whether Greece can afford to hold snap elections in the autumn Perhaps though we should also be asking whether it can afford not to Read more 1 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 First Previous 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Next Last Results 51 to 60 out of 250 Latest Comments 26 Apr 2016 Unfortunately Greece has no longer an elected government It makes

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    we can expect in the days ahead Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Europe 104 Economy 154 5 Aug 2015 From the troika to the quartet By Jens Bastian Greece is currently in complex and politically contentious negotiations with a quartet of international creditors about a third financial assistance package Read more 2 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Europe 104 Economy 154 29 Jul 2015 Varoufakis and his friendly fire By Nick Malkoutzis Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has a lot on his mind at the moment A quarter of his MPs are refusing to support him over his agreement with Greece s lenders his short term political survival is reliant on the opposition parties representatives from the institutions are returning to Athens and want to start visiting ministries Read more 4 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Economy 154 27 Jul 2015 On the Greek crisis and German imbalances By Marios Zachariadis Policies undertaken from a narrow national perspective that encourage systematic fiscal surpluses coupled with a national consensus on wage suppression between unions and industry facilitated by the state impact negatively upon domestic spending while increasing national saving Read more 4 Comments Categories Greece 229 Europe 104 Economy 154 23 Jul 2015 For Greek banks it s business as unusual By Jens Bastian Now that the rather bizarrely termed bank holiday has come to an end in Greece after three weeks although domestic and external capital controls continue it is appropriate to take stock of the situation and inquire where do we go from here Read more 2 Comments Categories Greece 229 Economy 154 17 Jul 2015 Which way now Mr Tsipras By Nick Malkoutzis After his haphazard cross country drive across Europe over the last six months Alexis Tsipras has arrived at the crossroads He has already been forced by European lenders to make a huge compromise now he has to decide whether he will be just as ruthless with dissenters in his own party Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Europe 104 Economy 154 14 Jul 2015 Greek banks in intensive care What lies ahead By Manos Giakoumis Among the measures the Greek government has committed to legislate by July 22 according to the Euro Summit statement is the transposition of the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive BRRD Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Economy 154 12 Jul 2015 Between heaven and hell By Nick Malkoutzis What is the distance between heaven and hell About 700 metres I measured it on Monday The morning after the referendum on the Eurogroup s bailout proposal I visited my local pharmacy where my pharmacist was confident that the convincing No vote the night before would lead to good things for Greece Everything will be fine he said I walked home and bumped into my neighbour His view of the referendum was completely different We re doomed now he told me Read more 3 Comments Categories Society 29 Greece 229 Europe 104 First

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    0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Economy 154 30 May 2013 Honey I shrunk the Greeks By Yiannis Mouzakis The IMF without any hesitation admits that the main beneficiary of that May 2010 so called Greek bailout was not Greece itself but the eurozone as it gave the opportunity to French and German banks to get paid in full and unload their large exposure to Greek debt from their books on the official sector and European taxpayers Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Europe 104 Economy 154 30 May 2013 Consensus conviction and the anti racism bill By Nick Malkoutzis Prime Minister Antonis Samaras certainly presented himself as a leader with convictions when he took over New Democracy following the party s disastrous showing in the 2009 general elections Although less than four years have passed since then it seems like light years away Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 23 Apr 2013 Taking a macro snapshot By Yiannis Mouzakis Could it be possible that consumed by the crisis we are missing the turn of events and the small signs of improvement that start emerging though unnoticed Is the good news simply lost as the crisis tests the Greek social fabric Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Economy 154 24 Mar 2013 Cyprus success preludes something bigger in European banking By Ilias Siakantaris At first it looked anything but successful Both Brussels and Nicosia seemed hopeless had shot themselves in their feet steamrollered over taboos destabilised capital flows created a mega blunder Yet the Cyprus Gaffe or Cyprus Rehearsal or Cyprus Scare is successful in having produced one sure effect To make you sweat and scale down your accounts to less than 100K then run to find the most secure refuge possible for your depreciating savings Read more 0 Comments Categories Europe 104 Economy 154 28 Jan 2013 An issue of statistical significance in Greece By Nick Malkoutzis Yiannis Mouzakis The head of Greece s statistics agency Andreas Georgiou is to face a criminal inquiry An ex employee of the Hellenic Statistical Authority ELSTAT Zoe Georganta has accused him of colluding with the European Union s statistical arm Eurostat to inflate Greece s deficit figure for 2009 thereby justifying Greece s EU IMF bailout signed in May 2010 and its drastic austerity measures Georgiou vehemently denies the charges Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Economy 154 13 Jan 2013 Greece s labour market is austerity s biggest casualty By Yiannis Mouzakis Greece has the potential to attain by 2020 a GDP in the region of 330 billion euros and a place in the G20 wrote the editor of a popular weekly newspaper in Greece over the weekend This would require Greece to miraculously add 150 billion euros to its economy by the end of the decade at the same time as the 20th economy in the G20 experiences a depression similar to the one Greece has gone through in recent years Leaving this unlikely scenario

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    a growth industry of their own founding new political parties Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 5 Apr 2016 Tsipras and the IMF Another miscalculation By Yiannis Mouzakis Following Saturday s leak of the exchange between the International Monetary Fund s European Department director Poul Thomsen and the head of the mission to Greece Delia Velculescu Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras s reading of the situation and his reaction to the WikiLeaks publication were puzzling Read more 2 Comments Categories Greece 229 Economy 154 23 Mar 2016 A misstep away from absurdity By Nick Malkoutzis Greece s Migration Policy Minister Yiannis Mouzalas could find himself out of a job or demoted soonbecause he slipped up in an interview That his position is in peril for a verbal faux pas when others are going about their jobs unperturbed despite helping running the country into the ground is a pretty succinct statement on the interminable absurdity of Greek politics Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 21 Mar 2016 Greek banks Taking stock of a rough 2015 and looking at what lies ahead By Manos Giakoumis Greek banks concluded the release of fourth quarter Q4 results in the first half of March All core banks posted net loss at the bottom line largely due to one offs higher provisions and seasonally increased operating expenses Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Economy 154 15 Mar 2016 EU Turkey refugee plan One for one and none for all By Nick Malkoutzis European Union leaders and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu are due to meet again in Brussels this week March 17 18 to finalise an agreement on the resettlement of refugees Europe appears ready to come together and hold its nose to get the deal done but there is still the potential it could fail leaving Greece alone and holding its head Read more 1 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Europe 104 7 Mar 2016 When the refugee crisis met the bailout review By Nick Malkoutzis After weeks of dancing around the issue it seems that Greece and its lenders have started even tangentially to link the refugee crisis and the pending bailout review Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Europe 104 2 Mar 2016 The refugee crisis and the beast within By Nick Malkoutzis As symbols go the imaginary pig s head in William Golding s Lord of the Flies requires little explanation Its meaning is summed up in one line of the unnerving classic Fancy thinking the beast was something you could hunt and kill says the fly infested head You knew didn t you I m part of you Read more 0 Comments Categories Society 29 Greece 229 Europe 104 25 Feb 2016 Investment The forgotten casualty of the Greek crisis By Yiannis Mouzakis One of the greatest casualties of the Greek crisis and a much overlooked key contributor towards the depression that engulfed the economy has been investment or lack thereof

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    that have been broken Read more 1 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Europe 104 Economy 154 5 Apr 2016 Tsipras and the IMF Another miscalculation By Yiannis Mouzakis Following Saturday s leak of the exchange between the International Monetary Fund s European Department director Poul Thomsen and the head of the mission to Greece Delia Velculescu Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras s reading of the situation and his reaction to the WikiLeaks publication were puzzling Read more 2 Comments Categories Greece 229 Economy 154 21 Mar 2016 Greek banks Taking stock of a rough 2015 and looking at what lies ahead By Manos Giakoumis Greek banks concluded the release of fourth quarter Q4 results in the first half of March All core banks posted net loss at the bottom line largely due to one offs higher provisions and seasonally increased operating expenses Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Economy 154 25 Feb 2016 Investment The forgotten casualty of the Greek crisis By Yiannis Mouzakis One of the greatest casualties of the Greek crisis and a much overlooked key contributor towards the depression that engulfed the economy has been investment or lack thereof Read more 2 Comments Categories Greece 229 Economy 154 18 Feb 2016 Multiple crises fence in Greece By Nick Malkoutzis In its first period in government between January and September 2015 SYRIZA did not experience any general strikes Since the September elections there have been three making the number of such protests one of the few things in Greece that is heading upwards The other rising indicator is the number of pressing problems Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras faces Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Economy 154 9 Feb 2016 Greek pensions The unsolvable equation By Yiannis Mouzakis Last July the conditionality of Greece s third programme included savings of 1 percent of GDP from pensions It did not require any major fortune telling skills to anticipate that this would soon lead the government of Alexis Tsipras into an extremely tense situation Read more 1 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Economy 154 30 Jan 2016 Honey I shrunk the Greeks vol 2 By Yiannis Mouzakis The IMF formally announced on Friday that it changed the policy of exceptional access criteria in essence reversing a highly political decision of the Fund back in 2010 a decision that saved the euro and paved the path for half a decade of economic devastation that sealed Greece s fate Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Economy 154 15 Jan 2016 Is Regling right to be concerned about Greek liquidity By Yiannis Mouzakis In the press conference following Thursday s Eurogroup Klaus Regling the head of the European Stability Mechanism the eurozone s bailout mechanism called for the first review of Greece s third bailout to begin and conclude as quickly as possible Read more 1 Comments Categories Greece 229 Europe 104 Economy 154 First Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Next Last Results 1 to

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    soonbecause he slipped up in an interview That his position is in peril for a verbal faux pas when others are going about their jobs unperturbed despite helping running the country into the ground is a pretty succinct statement on the interminable absurdity of Greek politics Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 15 Mar 2016 EU Turkey refugee plan One for one and none for all By Nick Malkoutzis European Union leaders and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu are due to meet again in Brussels this week March 17 18 to finalise an agreement on the resettlement of refugees Europe appears ready to come together and hold its nose to get the deal done but there is still the potential it could fail leaving Greece alone and holding its head Read more 1 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Europe 104 7 Mar 2016 When the refugee crisis met the bailout review By Nick Malkoutzis After weeks of dancing around the issue it seems that Greece and its lenders have started even tangentially to link the refugee crisis and the pending bailout review Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Europe 104 24 Feb 2016 A marriage of inconvenience By Nick Malkoutzis In March 2004 Greece s young prime minister was a witness at the wedding of Esra Erdogan Twelve years on and another young Greek leader is being led a not so merry dance by the bride s father Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 18 Feb 2016 Multiple crises fence in Greece By Nick Malkoutzis In its first period in government between January and September 2015 SYRIZA did not experience any general strikes Since the September elections there have been three making the number of such protests one of the few things in Greece that is heading upwards The other rising indicator is the number of pressing problems Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras faces Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Economy 154 9 Feb 2016 Greek pensions The unsolvable equation By Yiannis Mouzakis Last July the conditionality of Greece s third programme included savings of 1 percent of GDP from pensions It did not require any major fortune telling skills to anticipate that this would soon lead the government of Alexis Tsipras into an extremely tense situation Read more 1 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Economy 154 25 Jan 2016 One year of SYRIZA By Nick Malkoutzis Looking back on it there was strong evidence to believe one year ago that SYRIZA was doomed from the start Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 20 Jan 2016 SYRIZA s long slow march By Nick Malkoutzis If it could monetise its chutzpah the current Greek government would be well on its way to solving the country s economic problems Read more 1 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 First Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Next Last Results 1

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