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    macroeconomic assessment of the Cypriot economy after the haircut By Marios Zachariadis Why has the Cypriot economy faced a smaller than anticipated dip for 2013 What is the relevance of the answers to this question for the shape of Cyprus recession and for its medium to long run economic growth prospects Read more 0 Comments Categories Europe 104 Economy 154 18 Jan 2014 On Portugal PSI and a national salvation pact By Jorge Nascimento Rodrigues A conversation with David Salanic Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Tortus Capital Management the hedge fund decided in the week that Portugal returned to capital markets with a bond syndicated tap to create a specific website http rehabilitatingportugal com explaining its bearish position on Portuguese bonds Read more 0 Comments Categories Europe 104 Economy 154 14 Jan 2014 The EU the troika inquiry and the big disconnect By Nick Malkoutzis They came to praise the Greeks not to bury them The path of economic and social recovery is long and arduous and has exerted and is continuing to exert hard sacrifices said European Council President Herman Van Rompuy at the opening ceremony of the Greek presidency last week But we all pay tribute to the courage and fortitude of the men and women of Greece Read more 5 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Europe 104 9 Jan 2014 The complexities of regaining market access Could Greece learn from Portugal By Jens Bastian Portugal is trying for the second time in three months to test its capacity to return to international bond markets Seeking to regain full access to such debt markets is a central policy objective for the government of Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho Greece Portugal s eurozone peer and fellow programme country in southeastern Europe finds itself in a similar position Read more 3 Comments Categories Greece 229 Europe 104 Economy 154 5 Jan 2014 The Cyprus bailout is different not only due to the bail in By Alexander Apostolides Charis Michalis The Cyprus programme as agreed in March 2013 was different from the Greek and other eurozone bailouts in more ways than just the bail in of uninsured depositors at the country s two major banks Read more 0 Comments Categories Europe 104 Economy 154 2 Jan 2014 Greece in 2014 Where are we By Nick Malkoutzis Greece has entered its year of growth and recovery At least that is how the government its eurozone partners and a number of commentators have billed 2014 Many analysts and politicians also insisted last year that the country had begun this upward trajectory In reality though Greece s narrative was far from linear in 2013 There is no reason to believe this year will be a straight story either Read more 2 Comments Categories Society 29 Greece 229 Politics 155 Economy 154 Latest Comments 26 Apr 2016 Unfortunately Greece has no longer an elected government It makes no dif Dean Plassaras 22 Apr 2016 The biggest misconception about the IMF is that it

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    to banks By Alexander Apostolides Charis Michalis No country in an island in today s integrated world Thus the lessons learned in one place can be used to identify problems elsewhere Despite starting from a different source the banking collapse in the USA has lessons for Cyprus and parallels to what happened on the island Read more 0 Comments Categories Economy 154 19 Feb 2014 Should Greece really ask for a debt haircut By Kostas Karkagiannis There are very good reasons for arguing in favour of Greek public debt undergoing a haircut Unfortunately there are also some reasons for wondering whether things are not that simple and that a haircut might not be an ideal solution Read more 1 Comments Categories Greece 229 Europe 104 Economy 154 18 Feb 2014 Spain s economic recovery languishes amid graft scandals By Arturo Lopo Overwhelmed by corruption cases Spain is struggling to recover from a two year long recession that is reflected in an unemployment rate that still remains over 25 percent the second highest in the euro zone after Greece and in a sluggish credit flow Read more 3 Comments Categories Society 29 Politics 155 Europe 104 Economy 154 12 Feb 2014 Buying time The delayed crisis of democratic capitalism a review By Jens Bastian By now books about the financial crisis of 2008 09 and the sovereign debt crisis in the euro area since 2010 could fill entire libraries across the globe The crisis narrative continues to carry such resonance in publishing houses ranging from eye witness accounts academic analysis textbook guidance and even finding its way into novels Read more 1 Comments Categories Society 29 Greece 229 Politics 155 Europe 104 Economy 154 6 Feb 2014 Greece in danger of repeating familiar mistakes with Golden Dawn By Nick Malkoutzis Barring any last minute upsets Golden Dawn will officially become Greece s third largest party when local and European Parliament elections are held in May At least that is what opinion polls have been indicating for some time It would represent another milestone in the shocking rise of the Neo Nazi party which has proved a challenge Greece s political system has been unable to tackle Read more 3 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 3 Feb 2014 Troika inquiry talk to the organ grinder not the monkey The European Parliament s inquiry into the troika and its record in eurozone bailouts sounds like a welcome effort to hold Europe s crisis managers to account Read more 6 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Europe 104 Economy 154 Latest Comments 26 Apr 2016 Unfortunately Greece has no longer an elected government It makes no dif Dean Plassaras 22 Apr 2016 The biggest misconception about the IMF is that it s US controlled It s Dean Plassaras 14 Apr 2016 But Merkel and Schauble like Tsipras Why are you fighting it Dean Plassaras 6 Apr 2016 Bottom line Greece is part of an uber incompetent Europe unable to solv Dean Plassaras 5

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    Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Economy 154 21 Mar 2014 Come back Cleisthenes all is forgiven By Nick Malkoutzis Cleisthenes has a lot to answer for Yes he laid the groundwork for Athenian democracy in 507 BC but he also did it after being recalled from exile As much as he helped transform ancient Greece he a left dangerous legacy for its modern version Since Cleisthenes too many Greek politicians believe that some time away from the limelight can absolve them of any sins and like the man from classical Athens make a heroic return Read more 4 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 12 Mar 2014 The Greek crisis we don t see By Nick Malkoutzis The economic impact of the Greek crisis has been well publicised A recession that began in 2008 has led to GDP contracting by a quarter while unemployment has risen above 27 percent Greece s fiscal consolidation effort has also received much attention A general government deficit of 15 6 percent in 2009 was transformed into a small surplus in 2013 one of the sharpest adjustments the world has ever seen Read more 1 Comments Categories Society 29 Greece 229 Economy 154 4 Mar 2014 Greece s return to capital markets Why not try a diaspora bond first By Jens Bastian Greece s return to international capital markets during the course of 2014 is currently the talk of town in Athens Sandwiched between Greece s six month EU presidency and reports of a primary budget surplus whose size appears to be changing on a weekly basis the objective of returning to capital markets is taking on ever more significance Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Economy 154 Latest Comments 26 Apr 2016 Unfortunately Greece has no longer an elected government It

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    were quick to join the chorus of cheerleaders with impressive support from members of the media and market analysts Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Economy 154 14 Apr 2014 Has SYRIZA s moment gone By Nick Malkoutzis In June 2012 SYRIZA came within 171 000 votes of winning Greece s national elections as part of an improbable but meteoric rise from raggle taggle band of dreamy leftists to Europe s premier anti austerity crusaders At the time it seemed that even in electoral defeat SYRIZA and its young leader Alexis Tsipras were laying a cornerstone for something much bigger But events since then especially over the last couple of weeks suggest that we may have already seen SYRIZA s finest moment Read more 4 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 9 Apr 2014 Does return to markets signal end of Greek crisis The perils of ignoring macro economic fundamentals By Jens Bastian Politics today is the art of shaping a narrative with the overriding preference being for one that is in harmony with markets and investors This narrative is currently being formulated in real time in Greece It is centred on the much anticipated return of the Greek sovereign to international bond markets Read more 2 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Europe 104 Economy 154 5 Apr 2014 Greece s ultimate sacrifice for stability By Nick Malkoutzis One of the ironies about the video showing ex cabinet secretary Takis Baltakos in a furtive discussion with Golden Dawn spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris is that this unholy alliance was being forged in a room that had at least nine religious icons on its walls Another is that it showed Golden Dawn the self styled anti systemic party was completely at ease with the idea of cosying up to and horsetrading

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    Greek elections as seen or imagined from Berlin By Jens Bastian The following is a thought experiment which claims no more authenticity than being an exercise in the What if At the core of this experiment is the question what would various people inside the Chancellery in Berlin be thinking in terms of possible post election scenarios in Greece following Sunday s voting marathon Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Europe 104 22 May 2014 Jobs hundreds of thousands of jobs By Yiannis Mouzakis Jobs jobs jobs Promises of jobs by the hundreds of thousands were flying around in the public debate in Greece over the last couple of days Deputy Prime Minister and PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos suggested that around 920 000 jobs could be created in the next few years when he presented the party s growth plan out Read more 1 Comments Categories Greece 229 Economy 154 21 May 2014 Greek politics in thrall to new faces and old ideas By Nick Malkoutzis SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras was 32 when he burst onto the central political scene in Greece by attracting 10 5 percent of the votes in the Athens municipal election in 2006 At the time it was unprecedented for such a young candidate especially one representing a left wing party to gain this level of support Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 18 May 2014 Politics trumping economic prudence in Greece By Jens Bastian The politics of the Greek recovery narrative is consistently trumping prudence For those who refuse to be blindsided by the staged recovery euphoria there is enough evidence on the ground in Athens to be concerned about during the past week Read more 2 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Economy 154 16 May 2014 One night in Cannes By Nick Malkoutzis There are few people in the world unhinged enough to have been willing to switch places with Greece s decision makers over the past few years For all their failings ministers prime ministers and others have often found themselves in impossible situations caught between a baying public at home and obdurate counterparts abroad We must be clear that there were rarely straightforward solutions to Greece s problems since the start of the crisis Read more 2 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Europe 104 Economy 154 10 May 2014 On the beaches By Nick Malkoutzis The quality of the water at 94 percent of Greek beaches was deemed excellent by the Foundation for Environmental Education FEE which awarded 408 Blue Flags to Greece this week the second highest of the 48 countries the organization surveys The high rating is testament to the care given local authorities bathers tourists volunteers and Mother Nature Read more 0 Comments Categories Society 29 Greece 229 9 May 2014 In Spain the best generation is in danger of becoming the lost generation By Arturo Lopo A double degree in communication from Paris and Madrid universities and a master s

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    the unprecedented growth of fringe parties not all of which deserve to be labelled eurosceptic or anti European Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Europe 104 12 Jun 2014 Stomach for the fight By Nick Malkoutzis Stress can affect you in peculiar ways I felt so ill reading that mail I had to admit myself into the clinic at 4 am Deputy Prime Minister Evangelos Venizelos told The Guardian recently as he recounted the moment he says he realised George Papandreou had not properly thought through the idea of holding a referendum on Greece s bailout terms in late 2011 Read more 1 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 4 Jun 2014 In the absence of light darkness grows By Nick Malkoutzis Ten days have passed since the European Parliament elections and New Democracy s top ranking committee has just held a meeting to assess the poll results One can only look upon the panel s reported findings with incredulity Read more 4 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 2 Jun 2014 How Greek banks moved into a new era By Manos Giakoumis The core Greek banks reported first quarter Q1 results in the last three days of May The release of the results was the last act in a series of important developments for the Greek banking market over the past two months These developments constitute the third phase of the new era for Greek banks which started two years ago Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Economy 154 Latest Comments 26 Apr 2016 Unfortunately Greece has no longer an elected government It makes no dif Dean Plassaras 22 Apr 2016 The biggest misconception about the IMF is that it s US controlled It s Dean Plassaras 14 Apr 2016 But Merkel and Schauble like Tsipras Why

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    dropped by around 30 percent since 2010 and we have seen the emergence of consumers of need rather than choice Nevertheless this is the debate that has been prompted by a new law allowing stores in 10 areas of Greece to open every Sunday Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Economy 154 15 Jul 2014 NPLs The Achilles heel of the Greek banking system By Manos Giakoumis Having completed capital increases of 8 3 billion euros which more than covered the capital needs identified by the Bank of Greece BoG under the baseline scenario the single most important risk for Greek banks remains the non performing loans NPLs Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Economy 154 11 Jul 2014 Public deficit and democratic duty By Nick Malkoutzis Unless the general public is informed by basic economic theory and by key economic facts they re going to make wrong decisions Korean economist Ha Joon Chang recently said in an interview following a presentation at the London School of Economics Read more 2 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Economy 154 1 Jul 2014 Political tremors shake Spain overshadow economic progress By Arturo Lopo If you had asked any Spaniard in May what might be the hardest thing to change within the country s institutions most of them would have pointed to the monarchy and the bipartisanship Read more 2 Comments Categories Politics 155 Europe 104 Economy 154 Latest Comments 26 Apr 2016 Unfortunately Greece has no longer an elected government It makes no dif Dean Plassaras 22 Apr 2016 The biggest misconception about the IMF is that it s US controlled It s Dean Plassaras 14 Apr 2016 But Merkel and Schauble like Tsipras Why are you fighting it Dean Plassaras 6 Apr 2016 Bottom line Greece is part

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    229 Economy 154 14 Aug 2014 The tarnished legacy that will haunt the Athens Olympics By Nick Malkoutzis The Olympic Games only come around every four years but for enthusiasts there is at least an annual pastime to keep them busy Each summer like clockwork photographs of disused Athens 2004 venues are published and articles assess those Olympics failing legacy Read more 1 Comments Categories Greece 229 11 Aug 2014 The IMF crisis and how to solve it By Gabriel Sterne The IMF is approaching its 70th birthday and the Greek programme has been a candidate for one of the most credibility sapping in its history Here I trace the IMF s role in programme from its stormy launch its misfiring implementation the Fund s half hearted apology and ongoing efforts to draw lessons and revise its sovereign debt restructuring framework which appear destined to deliver insufficient meaningful change A transparency revolution is both necessary and feasible It worked for central banks in the 1990s Why not the Fund Read more 0 Comments Categories Economy 154 4 Aug 2014 Don t let the facts get in the way of Argentinology By Yiannis Mouzakis It should come as no surprise that in a the country where a large part of the political establishment is comfortable with the notion that some sort of conspiracy drove the country to bankruptcy the same key players should spend the last few days in a hopeless debate on the recent developments in Argentina Read more 5 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Economy 154 Latest Comments 26 Apr 2016 Unfortunately Greece has no longer an elected government It makes no dif Dean Plassaras 22 Apr 2016 The biggest misconception about the IMF is that it s US controlled It s Dean Plassaras 14 Apr 2016 But

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