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Athens hopes for change

After years of crisis, Athens now sees itself on the path to economic recovery. Will it really be able to get by without further EU bailouts in the year of its EU Council presidency? Or will the Samaras government lose the trust of the austerity-weary Greeks?

Dziennik Gazeta Prawna - Poland | Thursday, 12. February 2015

EU needs Plan B for Greece

If the negotiating partners in the debt dispute continue on the present course Greece will end up outside the Eurozone, the conservative daily Dziennik Gazeta Prawna warns and calls on the EU to develop a Plan B: » more

Blog Pitsirikos - Greece | Monday, 3. February 2014

Tourism boom little use to Greece

According to estimates put out by the Greek Alpha Bank, 2013 was a record year for tourism in Greece, with more than 18 million tourists. The blogger Pitsirikos finds all the hype over the figures hypocritical, because at the same time over 70 percent of the Greek population did not go on holiday: » more

Ethnos - Greece | Sunday, 26. January 2014

Argentina no model for Greece

The Argentinian peso suffered its sharpest plunge since the state bankruptcy in 2001 on Friday. Now the US dollar is to be adopted as a stability anchor. The left-liberal daily To Ethnos criticises politicians in Greece who have held up Argentina as a model of success: » more

Corriere del Ticino - Switzerland | Friday, 10. January 2014

Austerity has deepened the rift

The yields on the government bonds of struggling economies are dropping, and Greece plans to return to the financial markets at the end of 2014. The crisis seems to be over but appearances are deceptive, the liberal daily Corriere del Ticino warns: » more

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Thursday, 9. January 2014

Eased debt repayment as election tactic

Greece will ask the Eurozone for more favourable conditions for the repayment of its debts, the country's Finance Minister Ioannis Stournaras stressed as the Greek European Council presidency kicked off. New loans with new conditions would only increase support for the radical opposition in the country, the liberal business daily Il Sole 24 Ore concludes: » more

Unfollow - Greece | Wednesday, 8. January 2014

Athens mocks its jobless

Shortly before the ceremonies marking the start of Greece's EU Council Presidency, Eurostat published the EU unemployment figures for November. Greece's current jobless rate of 27 percent is the highest in an EU member state since the Union was founded, the monthly magazine Unfollow writes in its online edition, criticising Athens' management of the situation: » more

Die Presse - Austria | Thursday, 9. January 2014

Greece remains problem child

Even if the government in Athens announced on Monday that the country wants no more debt relief and will do its best to get by without additional bailouts, the situation in Greece is grave indeed, the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse writes: » more

Chronos - Greece | Wednesday, 1. January 2014

Athens won't exploit EU presidency

Greece holds the EU Council presidency for the first half of 2014. But hopes that this will help to overcome the crisis are unfounded, the philosopher and professor of law Costas Douzinas remarks in the online magazine Chronos: » more

Göteborgs-Posten - Sweden | Thursday, 2. January 2014

Greek EU Council presidency inspires hope

Greece assumed the rotating EU Council presidency at the start of 2014. The liberal daily Göteborgs-Posten sees this as proof of the stability of the Union: » more

Eleftherotypia - Greece | Monday, 9. December 2013

Only European rebellion can save Greeks

Despite the desolate situation of the Greek economy, the troika wants to stick to the stringent austerity drive. Only a pan-European rebellion can save the Greeks from this erroneous policy, the left-liberal daily Eleftherotypia believes: » more

La Tribune - France | Monday, 9. December 2013

Recovery not due to austerity

Even for crisis countries like Spain and Greece, current forecasts predict slight economic growth. But that doesn't mean the austerity policy is bearing fruits, the liberal business paper La Tribune writes with an eye to typical economic patterns: » more

Hürriyet Daily News - Turkey | Monday, 9. December 2013

Greece not yet in the clear

The Greek parliament approved the austerity budget for 2014 on Sunday. The government of Antonis Samaras spoke of a "historic day" and is anticipating economic growth for the first time in years. The liberal English daily Hürriyet Daily News has its doubts: » more

Blog Old Boy - Greece | Tuesday, 3. December 2013

Blogger Old Boy on the Greek "success story"

A young girl died tragically in the Greek port city of Thessaloniki on Sunday night because her family didn't have enough money for electricity or heating. The 13-year-old died of carbon monoxide poisoning after breathing the fumes from a wood stove. The blogger Old Boy seizes on the incident to ridicule Greek Prime Minister Samaras' praise for the Greek "success story": » more


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