Greece and the economic crisis
February 20, 201817 Turks reach Greek island, to apply for asylum in Greece - Fox
"The Coast Guard said the Turks, including six children, were found Monday on the island of Oinousses... Turkey has arrested more than 50,000 people since the failed coup... "
"...On Monday, Greece's peers in the 19-country eurozone said the country had not fulfilled all conditions necessary for the release of a 5.7 billion-euro ($7.1 billion) bailout installment. Finance ministers pushed the intended disbursement date to late March."
"...Albania signed an agreement with Greece in 2009 after two years of negotiations, but the Albanian Constitutional Court annulled it in 2010 after finding it in breach of the constitution and international norms. The decision was preceded by a widespread public outcry over allegations of a land grab by Greece."
"...the Turkish president said he would be forced to "show Turkish power" and warned that Turkey could fight in Syria while opening up fronts in Greece and Cyprus, and even to "give the Ottoman slap to the US Armed Forces in Syria "."
February 19, 2018
"...According to a compliance report seen by Kathimerini, Greek authorities have enforced 108 structural and economic reforms from a list of 110."
"The yield on the five-year Greek sovereign bond dipped by 5 basis points Monday following the upgrade, with Fitch citing improved economic conditions in the southern European country. The country's 10-year bond yield had also dropped more than 14 points basis last Friday..."
Hydrocarbon exploration to focus on region south of Crete - Capital GR
"The sea region south of Crete will attract the interest of the oil industry in the coming months after the confirmation of exploratory drilling in Cyprus and a completion of expression of interest in the Ionian Sea and the west/southwest of Crete, said Yiannis Basias, chairman and CEO of Greek Hydrocarbons Resources Management SA, on Friday.
Rengling warns of: "...weak administration", in the example of tax authorities, the need for more privatization and reform of the public sector. "It would be a shame if the progress made so far is weakened at the end of the program..."
February 18, 2018
"The meeting comes amid concerns about a jump in the yield of Greek government bonds following a bond issue earlier this month."
"Higher wages are translated into accelerating inflation, and this in turn will probably translate into a more sharp rise in interest rates from the major central banks on the planet. The ECB is currently excluding any interest rate increase before 2019, but many expect it to "pick up" sooner than the quantitative easing program, with which it gave the market a lot of cheap cash."
February 17, 2018
February 16, 2018
"...government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos [warned] on Friday that Greece will respond to any further acts of aggression. “If there is another act of Turkish aggression on Greek territory, there will be a response and there is no other way for us,” he told Skai TV on Friday morning.
"19 Turkish airplane violations have taken place on Friday in the northeast, central and southeastern Aegean."
"If the Bank of Greece, and by extension the European Central Bank under which it operates, grants approval, the finance ministry plans to raise the monthly withdrawal limit from a single bank account from 1,800 to 2,300 euros."
"Washington, though, has probably begun to understand that its tolerance has created a monster... When the United States treats Turkish aggression as equal to Greece’s defending its national sovereignty, when Cyprus’s rights are not more important than Turkey’s claims, then why should Turkey not declare the Kurds terrorists, why should Ankara not see itself as the equal of Washington..."
February 15, 2018
"Each side blamed the other for Monday’s collision off an islet known as Imia in Greek and Kardak in Turkish. They came to the brink of war in 1996 in a sovereignty dispute over the islets. Seeking international support, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras underlined that Greece’s border was also that of the 28-nation European Union, and his foreign minister briefed the head of NATO and the U.S. military chief on Turkey’s “provocative behavior”."
The three finalists due to take part are:
Areti Ketime – Min ksehnas ton ilio (Don’t Forget the Sun)
Chorostalites – Apo tin Thraki os tin Kriti (From Thrace to Crete)
Gianna Terzi – To oniro mou (My Dream)
Greece was represented by Demy at last year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine. With her song “This Is Love”, she placed 19th in the Grand Final with 77 points.
Macedonia willing to add name 'qualifier' to satisfy Greece - Fox
"Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said Wednesday that Macedonia's government is willing to add a "geographical qualifier" to the country's name, a change Greece has wanted. But Zaev says there are other outstanding issues, including what the Macedonian language will be officially called."
There is no optimistic scenario for the Aegean - Interview with Giorgos Finikakis - Liberal GR
"I assume that the US will do that they can reduce tension. We can not expect more. My concern is whether the US has the weight it once had in Ankara. President Trump will hardly throw the weight of the White House on the Greek-Turkish tug-of-war.
...Let's hope that Greek diplomacy has already done its best to ensure that the US has correctly estimated Greek red lines."
View of Athens Greece from atop Acropolis
February 14, 2018
The yield on Greece’s 10-year debt has also risen, up 80 basis points in the past week to 4.47 per cent...
"Speaking at a EURACTIV event on the future of European Economic and Monetary Union, moderated by business editor Jorge Valero, Moscovici firmly opposed any scenario of a “forced” program for Greece after the much-awaited exit from the current bailout this summer. Asked whether Greece will need a “credit line” at the end of the program, Moscovici replied “no”."
"Bulut made similar comments earlier in the month referring to Imia over which Greece and Turkey came close to war in 1996. "We will break the arms and legs of any officers, of the prime minister or of any minister who dares to step onto Imia in the Aegean," Bulut said..."
"Tensions between the NATO allies already were rising over the warships Turkey deployed in recent days to block a rig from reaching a location off of Cyprus where Italian energy company Eni is scheduled to drill for natural gas."
"D. Tzanakopoulos stressed that "the status of the Aegean is absolutely clear, there is no question in this regard under international law", to note that "any move by Turkey - which we must not anticipate and work on so that it does not happen - it will be answered, not only from the Greek side, but also from the EU side and from all international organizations. "
"The head of the Movement of Change, Fofi Gennimata, unleashed on the government criticism for wrong handling of the Turkish challenge, stressing that "it is a major mistake that the government did not immediately and unequivocally respond to the Turkish Turkish statement and downplayed the issue by talking only about geography" .
"The government is stimulating the return of young scientists from abroad through the Foundation for Research and Innovation with a funding budget of € 240 million for creation of 1,100 new researchers positions in Universities and Research Centers."
Greece is the word: Fiscal recklessness portends a crash - Washington Examiner
"Greece and Portugal have economies whose GDPs hover right at the $200 billion range – a minuscule one-93rd the size of the U.S. economy. Even the act of bailing out their tiny economies stretched the capacity of the Western world, and neither of those nations is anywhere near out of the woods yet. But no other nation or even collection of them has the capacity to bail out the U.S. if we collapse under our debt load. What Trump and Congress are doing, indeed already have done with their fiscal incontinence, is putting the entire world economy at risk."
"...NATO data shows that Britain, Greece, Romania and the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania meet, or are close to, the 2 percent goal, while France and Turkey are among those countries set to reach it soon."
"In efforts to clarify misunderstandings and provide guidelines for individuals wishing to rent out their properties for tourism accommodation, Greece’s Independent Authority for Public Revenue (AADE) issued a manual on its e-platform that includes frequent questions and answers regarding short-term rentals."
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