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    reach the end of it is another matter but the prime minister s decision to shake up Greece s negotiating team and to issue a common statement with European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker last week made it clear that he prefers the option of agreeing with lenders rather than being left in limbo or worse Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 14 May 2015 Where has the money withdrawn from Greek banks gone By Manos Giakoumis Since December the Greek banking system has been suffering from extended deposit outflows which reached 26 8 billion euros at the end of March Almost 90 percent of these withdrawals stemmed from time deposits while only around 600 million euros was taken from savings accounts Read more 2 Comments Categories Greece 229 Economy 154 12 May 2015 Greek DSA Don t Say Anything about the debt By Yiannis Mouzakis The decision by the International Monetary Fund s Poul Thomsen to raise the issue of Greece s debt sustainability at the recent Eurogroup in Riga as reported in the Financial Times felt like the moment that the adults returned to the room Read more 1 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Europe 104 Economy 154 11 May 2015 This is how Greece kept its budget on track in Q1 By Manos Giakoumis Recent Greek budget data showed the huge revenue gap of 968 million euros recorded in January narrowed to 389 million by the end of the first quarter Q1 of 2015 At the same time primary expenditure which was just 53 million better than target in January displayed a strong outperformance of 1 18 billion by the end of March Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Economy 154 Latest Comments 26 Apr 2016 Unfortunately Greece has no longer an

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    targets over the next few years making some of the savings it needs from reducing expenditure on the military is not as easy as it first seems for SYRIZA Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 21 Jun 2015 How Greek banks were left on the brink By Manos Giakoumis Almost a year ago Greek banks successfully raised 8 3 billion euros in capital increases which were oversubscribed more than 1 5 times amid strong interest primarily from international institutional investors Read more 1 Comments Categories Greece 229 Economy 154 19 Jun 2015 Tsipras needs to sign a deal but which one By Nick Malkoutzis There have been plenty of sensible people advising Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras that he has to do a deal with the country s lenders but few of them until now suggested he should sign the proposal put on the table by the institutions Therein lies the problem for the SYRIZA leader The risk of not agreeing with creditors carries so many potential dangers it is hardly worth considering but the option of agreeing to the lenders plan also has numerous pitfalls Read more 4 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Europe 104 Economy 154 17 Jun 2015 Greek pensions laid bare By Yiannis Mouzakis Manos Giakoumis Greece s pension system is taking centre stage again in the discussions with lenders It should come as no surprise that even five years of programmes and repeated interventions have not managed to deal with the monster that was created after decades of mismanagement and a misled belief of entitlement Read more 6 Comments Categories Greece 229 Europe 104 Economy 154 15 Jun 2015 Greece rides the ghost train By Nick Malkoutzis Greece s negotiations with its lenders over the last few days have been more like a ride on the ghost train than a roller coaster producing moments of sheer panic punctuated by brief spells that allow the palpitations to subside Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Europe 104 Economy 154 14 Jun 2015 Greece After a deal work on a solution By Christian Odendahl A deal between Greece and its creditors is still likely But what the country really needs is a Greece led cross party plan to transform its institutions and less restrictive fiscal policies Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Europe 104 Economy 154 11 Jun 2015 A Greek proposal that deserves to be heard By Yiannis Mouzakis Alexis Tsipras s government had many people scratching their heads and some say even officials fuming with its approach and negotiating tactics since it came to power It was evident from the very start that time would be against SYRIZA and inconclusive as well as confrontational negotiations would fuel uncertainty stretching the budget draining liquidity accelerating deposits flight and sinking the economy back into recession Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Europe 104 Economy 154 10 Jun 2015 Greek negotiations A marathon that has yet to run

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    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 7 Jul 2015 What next for Greece s revenues and spending By Manos Giakoumis With a bank holiday and capital controls in effect since June 29 and the government tabling an updated set of fiscal measures in an effort to resume negotiations for a new bailout programme the state s cash proceeds and expenses are in the spotlight again Read more 1 Comments Categories Greece 229 Economy 154 6 Jul 2015 Divided we fall By Nick Malkoutzis Almost 11 years ago today tens of thousands of Greeks poured onto the streets in harmonious celebration of the national team s Euro 2004 victory That was another decade another time another world Today Greeks have little to celebrate and much that divides them Read more 2 Comments Categories Society 29 Greece 229 Politics 155 5 Jul 2015 An impossible choice By Jens Bastian As this article was being written a few days ago various European governments and international funding institutions were discussing the consequences of the expiration of Greece s current financial assistance programme Read more 2 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Europe 104 Economy 154 3 Jul 2015 Between Scylla and Charybdis By Yiannis Mouzakis Here we are again just over five years of the anniversary of the country s first programme and more than 210 billion euros of financing later Greece is about to hold the referendum that machinations and backroom dealings averted back in 2011 Read more 3 Comments Categories Greece 229

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    Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 14 Aug 2015 Have inflation repay Greek debt and growth reduce indebtedness By Klaus Kastner The general consensus in some quarters is that official creditors need to forgive a large portion of their loans if Greece is ever going to become financially viable Read more 2 Comments Categories Greece 229 Europe 104 Economy 154 12 Aug 2015 Greece deal leaves many questions By Megan Greene After all the hoopla over Greece in recent months it s weird that the agreement of a deal on Tuesday was not met with more celebration It certainly came as a surprise to most analysts that a deal was struck it s amazing how fast agreement can be found when Greece capitulates and signs up to everything immediately Read more 2 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Europe 104 Economy 154 12 Aug 2015 On the agreement for a third bailout MacroPolis editor Nick Malkoutzis speaks to Juliette Foster of Share Radio in the UK about the agreement between the Greek governemnt and its lenders on the third bailout and what 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 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

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    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 exhausting 5 years Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 19 Sep 2015 Greek politics to dash voters hopes again By Yiannis Mouzakis The last time Greeks went to the polls was for the July 5th referendum when Tsipras was asking and actively campaigned for a resounding no to the deal that the country s creditors had offered just a few days prior Read more 1 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Economy 154 16 Sep 2015 Looking in on the Greek elections from the outside By Jens Bastian Greece s snap elections are a few days away Many indicators suggest the result is still too close to call either in terms of winners and losers or regarding the configuration of any coalition government arrangement Read more 2 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 14 Sep 2015 Election Watch Greek voters to choose from 19 parties and coalitions By Damian Mac Con Uladh Greek voters 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 First Previous 1 2 Next Last Results 1 to 10 out

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    was agreed with the Greek representative Euclid Tsakalotos The 49 prior and pending actions that have to be adopted by the Greek government by mid October in order for urgently needed financial assistance to be released are a work in progress taking place under severe time constraints Read more 2 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Europe 104 Economy 154 9 Oct 2015 Refugee influx pushes Tsipras towards crisis nexus By Nick Malkoutzis The nexus of Greece s most challenging problems and perhaps the ones that will make or break the current government were indirectly highlighted by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras last week Read more 0 Comments Categories 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 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

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    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 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 Apr 2016 Well Tsipras is Tsipras he was

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    as prime minister in late January a six month period of profound uncertainty about the future course of the country only ended when a third financial assistance programme was reluctantly agreed with international creditors in August Read more 1 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Europe 104 Economy 154 21 Dec 2015 No one has won in Spain By JM Martí Font Spain is not Portugal although we cannot completely rule it out Brussels and Frankfurt want Spain to look like Germany Read more 0 Comments Categories Politics 155 Europe 104 17 Dec 2015 Greece and the IMF An everlasting love hate relationship By Nick Malkoutzis There are probably a number of officials in European capitals and perhaps Washington who have been scratching their heads over the past few days after the Greek government indicated that it would prefer the International Monetary Fund not to be involved in the country s bailout Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Economy 154 14 Dec 2015 Regling and Wieser The key points Two of the key participants in Greece s financing programme the European Stability Mechanism s Klaus Regling and the head of the Eurogroup Working Group Thomas Wieser gave interviews to two Greek Sunday newspapers in which they covered a wide range of issues relating to the latest developments in Greece Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Europe 104 Economy 154 10 Dec 2015 Greece a gateway and scapegoat in EU s refugee crisis By Nick Malkoutzis Greece activated last Thursday the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism agreed to allow Frontex to operate on its border with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia FYROM and triggered the Rapid Border Intervention Teams RABIT mechanism for help with Aegean patrols Read more 0 Comments Categories Society 29 Greece 229 Politics 155 Europe 104 2 Dec 2015 On the road to realpolitik with Alexis Tsipras at the wheel By Nick Malkoutzis In July 2014 Alexis Tsipras took part in a demonstration against the Israeli bombing of the Gaza strip and wearing a Palestinian keffiyeh spoke to TV cameras about the brutality being inflicted on civilians Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 1 Dec 2015 EU Turkey refugee agreement A life saver or a dud By Nick Malkoutzis An average of around 2 200 refugees and migrants have arrived on the shores of Greece s eastern Aegean islands every day this year Before being piled into rubber dinghies and other unsuitable vessels for the crossing they purchase life vests from shops in Turkey Read more 0 Comments Categories Greece 229 Politics 155 Europe 104 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

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