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    hiatus Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Europe 104 Economy 154 19 Sep 2014 Run this way The recurring pattern of Greek leaders By Nick Malkoutzis As the Greek general elections of May and then June 2012 approached every poor unfortunate European politician attempted to grab a moment in the spotlight by pontificating on whether Greece should or should not be in the single currency While the euro vultures picked at Greece s carcass thousands of fear stricken Greeks withdrew their money from local banks Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Economy 154 12 Sep 2014 The television will not be revolutionised By Nick Malkoutzis When Prime Minister Antonis Samaras decided to close down public broadcaster ERT in June 2013 then government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou stood in front of TV cameras and called the service a characteristic case of a unique lack of transparency that ends today Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 8 Sep 2014 How many NPLs in the Greek banking sector are also non recoverable loans By Jens Bastian The recent presentation of half year results by the four systemic banks in Greece National Bank of Greece NBG Piraeus Bank Alpha Bank and Eurobank brought a mixture of good news and underlying structural challenges affecting the operational capacity of domestic lenders Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Economy 154 1 Sep 2014 MacroPolis is taking the next step MacroPolis was launched on September 24th 2013 with the aim of providing real insight through timely accurate and independent analysis of the key political economic and social developments in Greece Read more 0 Comments Categories Society 29 Greece 229 Politics 155 Europe 104 Economy 154 Latest Comments 26 Apr 2016 Unfortunately Greece has no longer an elected government It makes no

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    spots or there is at least some optimism after four years of cuts and adjustments Read more 0 Comments Categories Europe 104 Economy 154 20 Oct 2014 Greek banks may soon breathe sigh of relief on capital needs By Manos Giakoumis Greek banks are always at the forefront of domestic market developments Despite the strong rebound of 6 4 percent on Friday their shares still recorded cumulative losses of 7 8 percent last week and 23 9 percent over the past three months Concerns about the outcome of the upcoming comprehensive assessment European Central Bank are one of the key factors weighing on investors minds Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Economy 154 17 Oct 2014 Greek crisis redux Not exactly By Ilias Siakantaris This week s explosion of Greek bond spreads and collapse of stocks prompted many people to have a sense of déjà vu Many editors and analysts jumped in to call the new turmoil a repeat of 2010 when the geometric growth of Greek sovereign bond yields almost brought Europe to its knees Read more 1 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Europe 104 Economy 154 16 Oct 2014 Managing an orderly Greek exit from the memorandum By Jens Bastian The narrative of how and when to exit the memorandum is currently at the heart of the discussion in Athens Prime Minister Antonis Samaras insists that Greece does not require a third financial support programme from the troika of international creditors Read more 1 Comments Categories Greece 229 Economy 154 13 Oct 2014 Greece s biggest problem Society s lack of openness By Yannis Palaiologos I started writing my book The Thirteenth Labour of Hercules a couple of months after the June 2012 elections In that nailbiting showdown a bruised and battered electorate narrowly opted for the pro bailout camp headed by New Democracy over the fiery austerity bashing rhetoric of SYRIZA As has been confirmed by numerous key players since then the formation of a coalition government willing to stay within the confines the Greek programme was not enough for some in Europe who kept on pushing for Greece to be pushed out of the eurozone for weeks after Read more 1 Comments Categories Society 29 Greece 229 Politics 155 10 Oct 2014 What would a clean bailout exit for Greece mean in numbers By Yiannis Mouzakis The discussion in Greece associated with exiting the troika program early is politically charged primarily because it has a high degree of correlation with the viability of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras s government Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Economy 154 8 Oct 2014 Growth recovery change and other words lost in the wind By Nick Malkoutzis Unable to devalue their currency during this crisis eurozone policy makers have feverishly cheapened words instead Over the last few years the value of words like solidarity reform competitiveness adjustment and relief has plummeted Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Economy 154 6 Oct 2014 We re

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    those guilty of corruption time will tell if Karatzaferis is one of them will be brought to justice they also highlight the inability of Greek institutions to fulfil their role as guardians of fairness and democracy Read more 2 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 19 Nov 2014 Is there sustainable growth in Greece By Jens Bastian Greece finally exited its six year long recession in the third quarter of 2014 The Hellenic Statistical Authority ELSTAT said that the economy grew by 0 7 percent in the third quarter compared to the same quarter in 2013 The positive third quarter reading is the first after 24 consecutive quarters of negative GDP performance dating back to Q3 2008 Read more 2 Comments Categories Greece 229 Economy 154 17 Nov 2014 The rise of a Spanish SYRIZA transform s country s politics By Arturo Lopo The dramatic entrance on the political scene of Podemos a nine month old far left party does not have any precedent in the nearly 40 years of democracy in Spain Nut nor has the country experienced the scale of the crises that have pounded it since 2008 forming the breeding ground in which the Spanish SYRIZA has sprung up Read more 4 Comments Categories Politics 155 Europe 104 14 Nov 2014 You can call it reform if you like By Nick Malkoutzis The coalition is currently involved in a dispute with local authorities over checks on municipal employees contracts Some mayors have resisted attempts by the Administrative Reform Ministry to review the agreements that led to thousands of fixed term contracts becoming permanent a decade ago Read more 1 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 12 Nov 2014 The politics of debt dynamics in Greece By Jens Bastian As a procession of government and opposition representatives met Greek President Karolos Papoulias in the course of last week one issue was brought to public attention that could be termed the taboo topic amid all the memorandum exit debates Read more 1 Comments Categories Greece 229 Economy 154 7 Nov 2014 Between the sword and the olive branch Dilemmas of Greek diplomacy By Nick Malkoutzis In one hand Greece holds an olive branch but in the other it holds the sword of justice said Greece s new Defence Minister Nikos Dendias as he was sworn in on Monday The danger is though that Greece is bringing a sword to a gunfight Within hours of Dendias taking over the role the Turkish Navy corvette Büyükada was sailing in Greek waters not far from Athens It was the latest unsubtle reminder from Greece s neighbour that it will not relent from testing the limits of legality in Aegean Read more 1 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 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

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    compromise over the past week were far too little too late Read more 3 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 24 Dec 2014 A little more persuasion a little less reaction By Nick Malkoutzis When European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker took sides a few days ago ahead of possible snap elections in Greece he overstepped the boundary that keeps EU officials from openly expressing an opinion about domestic politics in another country The gradual scrubbing out of this dividing line can only damage the EU s interests in the long term In the short term this type of intervention is detrimental to Greece Read more 2 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Europe 104 18 Dec 2014 The one question SYRIZA needs to answer By Yiannis Mouzakis With the coalition in Greece getting only 160 votes for its presidential candidate in the first ballot falling short even of the most conservative estimate based on the currently available information it seems that the number of deputies that will vote in favour in the third round on December 29th will not reach the minimum 180 required Read more 4 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Economy 154 17 Dec 2014 Greece Where did it all go wrong By Nick Malkoutzis When Greece returned to international bond markets in April this year after a four year exile it was trumpeted by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras as another step towards the crisis exit door Confidence in our country was confirmed by the most objective judge the markets he said after investors snapped up three billion euros of five year bonds with a coupon of 4 75 percent Exactly seven months later though the yield on those bonds shot up to almost 10 percent Suddenly the markets do not seem so confident So what went wrong Read more 4 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 10 Dec 2014 SYRIZA s date with history By Nick Malkoutzis SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras is following a well trodden route by trying to force early elections over the presidential ballot Several others before him have tried to exploit the loophole in the Greek constitution which means that snap polls have to be held if 180 MPs cannot be found to back a presidential candidate The most recent opposition leader to follow this tactic was PASOK s George Papandreou in 2009 Read more 2 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 5 Dec 2014 2014 is not 2012 By Yiannis Mouzakis Since the eurozone crisis kicked off towards the end of 2009 in Greece there has been no other institution that has gained in prominence like the European Central Bank Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Economy 154 3 Dec 2014 From London to Paris no happy returns for Greece By Jens Bastian Last week saw Greek politicians clock up air miles to European destinations Government representatives flew to Paris in order to meet a troika delegation that has repeatedly delayed its return to Athens Read more 0 Comments

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    on Greece s future harder to answer them One thing we can be sure about though The scene is set for a political showdown the likes of which the Euro crisis has not yet seen Read more 6 Comments Categories Greece 229 Europe 104 Economy 154 21 Jan 2015 The demand for Greek debt relief Is the cart being put before the horse By Jens Bastian The focus of economic debates during this electoral campaign in Greece has tended to converge on one issue Is the country s accumulated public debt sustainable or does it need to be restructured for a second time after the PSI of 2012 Domestic and international observers of various professional and political provenances have weighed into this debate in the course of recent weeks Read more 2 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Europe 104 Economy 154 20 Jan 2015 Why is Europe worrying about SYRIZA By Francesco Saraceno It is most likely that from the elections of January 25 will emerge a SYRIZA led government the main uncertainty being how large a coalition Alexis Tsipras will have to gather to obtain a comfortable parliamentary majority This is seen with a fair deal of preoccupation in Europe A preoccupation that does not seem warranted SYRIZA is no longer the radical party of the beginning which called for the exit from the euro and for a default on Greek public debt Read more 2 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Europe 104 Economy 154 16 Jan 2015 The bad hand being dealt to Greece s next government By Nick Malkoutzis In mid November when Greece s exit from recession was confirmed Prime Minister Antonis Samaras declared Greece is back It was not the first time the Greek premier argued that the country had overcome the worst of its problems Similar declarations came with Greece s return to bond markets earlier in the year when the 2013 primary surplus was confirmed and when the troika review was concluded in April 2013 spawning the success story narrative Read more 6 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Economy 154 14 Jan 2015 Searching for electoral manifestos and overcoming voting obstacles in Greece By Jens Bastian As the electoral campaign has started to heat up in Greece the focus of domestic and international attention has increasingly been on various policy proposals from SYRIZA the main opposition party in the outgoing parliament and frontrunner in the opinion polls Read more 2 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Economy 154 8 Jan 2015 Samaras strays out of line in search for new normal By Nick Malkoutzis Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has a habit of defending his government by saying that his aim is to make Greece a normal European country Whatever he may mean by this and however genuine he may be in wanting Greece to recover from its long crisis this is an infuriatingly patronising comment Intentionally or not it aligns Greece s prime minister with all the cranks in Europe

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    27 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Europe 104 Economy 154 19 Feb 2015 Capital controls in Greece A response to Professor Sinn While capital controls might be an appropriate intermediate solution for Greece as argued by Professor Sinn in his recent Financial Times note Professor Sinn misses or misrepresents the picture on a number of counts Read more 1 Comments Categories Greece 229 Europe 104 Economy 154 12 Feb 2015 Everybody be cool By Yiannis Mouzakis It s less than three weeks since the Greek government was elected and its Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has just taken part in his first Eurogroup an experience that some of his predecessors have described as traumatic Yet a surprisingly large number of people appear convinced that Greece is heading for a showdown with the eurozone and may be counting its last weeks in the single currency Read more 25 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Europe 104 Economy 154 11 Feb 2015 What we ve got here is a failure to communicate By Nick Malkoutzis Following a chaotic beginning to its first days in office the SYRIZA led coalition is beginning to settle into a more stable pattern in terms of its relationship with the eurozone Those first faltering steps have left a blot in the government s copybook that it will be hard to erase over the coming days and weeks Read more 4 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Europe 104 Economy 154 9 Feb 2015 The alternative of tax based capital controls for Greece By Marios Zachariadis At first glance the potentially catastrophic consequences of Grexit on the rest of the Eurozone provide the Greek government with an important bargaining chip However the Greek government should take into consideration that Grexit is not the only possible alternative in case an agreement with the rest of the EZ cannot be reached soon Read more 3 Comments Categories Greece 229 Economy 154 5 Feb 2015 Another euro stitch unpicked By Nick Malkoutzis If there was any doubt that the negotiations between the new Greek government and its lenders are going to be incredibly tense there isn t now The European Central Bank s decision on Wednesday night to stop accepting Greek government bonds as collateral from local lenders has minimal practical impact in the short term but maximum effect in symbolic terms Read more 2 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Europe 104 Economy 154 4 Feb 2015 Less is more The Greek government needs a chisel not a sledgehammer By Jens Bastian The parliamentary majority achieved by the SYRIZA led coalition government following the 25 January elections constitutes a strong political mandate in mathematical terms Among one of the many immediate challenges facing the new administration is trying to translate its numerical advantage into a majority of support among Greek citizens including those who did not vote for the senior coalition party Read more 3 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Latest Comments 26 Apr 2016 Unfortunately Greece has no

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    collection of unresolved issues such as the Asia Minor Catastrophe the Second World War the Civil War and the military dictatorship that continue to shape the present The sense that there has been a repeated lack of closure is prevalent at each new crisis each key turning point in the country s progression Read more 2 Comments Categories Society 29 Greece 229 Politics 155 Europe 104 19 Mar 2015 Greece The moment of truth is inexorably approaching By Wolfango Piccoli The Greek government faces a dire financial situation in the coming weeks especially as lenders are unlikely to relent on the conditions of last month s loan extension In fact Tsipras insistence on of pushing for a political deal is going nowhere German Chancellor Angela Merkel who he will meet in Berlin next Monday 23 March is unlikely to deviate from her preference for technical rule based solutions Read more 10 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Europe 104 Economy 154 11 Mar 2015 Will the real men of unity please stand up By Nick Malkoutzis At first it seemed like a harmless joke And now for one member state all the men need to take off their ties said European Commission first vice president Frans Timmermans at the end of a recent photo shoot for the College of Commissioners in Brussels Read more 5 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Europe 104 Economy 154 9 Mar 2015 The ECB s strict rules apply if you dare not comply By Yiannis Mouzakis Mario Draghi used the word rule seven times in his recent press conference following the meeting of the European Central Bank s Governing Council in Nicosia Six of those references were related to questions about Greece Read more 5 Comments Categories Greece 229 Europe 104 Economy 154 5 Mar 2015 Greece The gathering storm By Nick Malkoutzis As the dust settles from Greece s negotiations with its lenders and the arduous work of implementing their agreement begins it is becoming increasingly evident that the next four months will be an extremely testing experience for everyone concerned Read more 6 Comments Categories Greece 229 Europe 104 Economy 154 3 Mar 2015 The education of Alexis Tsipras By Nick Malkoutzis There was a defining moment in the recent election campaign It wasn t New Democracy s decision to go full negative by running a campaign ad that suggested Armageddon was around the corner Nor was it To Potami s claim that it would unveil its plan for reaching an agreement with Greece s lenders after the elections Instead it came on a mild Thursday night in Omonia Square Read more 9 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 3 Mar 2015 Spain is not Greece Part two By Arturo Lopo The tremors in Greece after SYRIZA s electoral victory were also felt in Spain and quite intensely Having attempted to disassociate Athens fate from Madrid s Spanish officials have found themselves somewhat linked again in the outbreak of eurozone debt crisis

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    the news on Monday that one inexperienced economics professor is replacing another as the central figure in Athens s negotiations with creditors Read more 2 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 22 Apr 2015 Greece is gasping for a deal By Nick Malkoutzis The Greek government made another payment to the International Monetary Fund earlier this month This time it was just 450 million euros a relatively manageable amount compared to the 1 5 billion that Greece had to pay back to the IMF in March Each of these payments brings relief that a possible default has been avoided but they also bring greater anxiety that a default is getting closer Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Economy 154 14 Apr 2015 DTA may spell new trouble for Greek banks By Manos Giakoumis Almost twelve months after Greek banks capital increases of 8 3 billion euros and six months after the European Central Bank s comprehensive assessment did not unveil any capital shortfall capital concerns could emerge again for local lenders Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Economy 154 8 Apr 2015 Greece and its lenders Where do you start By Nick Malkoutzis Since it was first recorded in 1944 by American public administrator David Lilienthal the following anecdote has been told many times and in many ways A traveller asks a local man for directions and after much thought the latter turns to the visitor and says My friend I tell you if I were you I wouldn t start from here As Greece and the eurozone remain some distance apart on how to conclude their bailout negotiations it seems a good time to return to this tale Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Europe 104 Economy 154 6 Apr 2015 What in the world will we do without barbarians By Yiannis Mouzakis Just as the five year anniversary of Greece s first EU IMF programme approaches and despite marked procrastination in a number of other fronts Greece s coalition set up a parliamentary committee to investigate the country s bankruptcy and the signing of its two memorandums with the troika Read more 4 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Economy 154 1 Apr 2015 Sowing the seeds of anomie in Greece By Nick Malkoutzis In his opening speech to Labour MPs after the party s historic election win in May 1997 Tony Blair implored the party s lawmakers to be whiter than white purer than pure Unfortunately it didn t quite work out that way Read more 1 Comments Categories Society 29 Greece 229 Politics 155 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

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