Greece and the economic crisis 2018
NEWS ARCHIVE - March 1 - March 6
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March 6, 2018
"Turkey is a member of NATO, an ally of Greece in NATO and this kind of incident needs to be solved via peaceful ways, and after negotiations between the two armed forces," said Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos, in Brussels. The soldiers were reportedly picked up in a heavily-forested frontier region.
"Earlier, the prime minister held an informal cabinet meeting where he stressed that the issue should be handled with caution so that Turkey does not exploit the issue. He said that Greece should not give the eastern neighbor the chance to turn a routine event into a major issue in its already provocative attitude."
"...A Turkish court in the border city of Edirne rejected a request for their provisional release."
"...The same court ruled on Feb. 2 in line with prosecutors’ suggestion, denying Ankara’s extradition request for Mehmet Dogan, another member sought, on grounds that he was recognized as a “political refugee” by French authorities."
Is this a clear preparation for coordinating government during hostilities?
"The idea has gained ground after the recent Turkish hostile actions in the Aegean and at the Evros border region, where Turkish forces took hostage two Greek officers... t will include the ministers of foreign affairs, defence, public order, shipping (which has the Coast Guard under its purview), the head of the EYP intelligence service, the military top brass, and the prime minister’s defence and foreign affairs advisors..."
"...At a meeting headed by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at the Maximos Mansion in Athens, government officials reportedly agreed to that they do not want to see the incident “evolving into a major diplomatic affair,” according to Skai."
"The drivers say the services are taking their business. They have also accused the Greek government of holding up legislation to regulate booking apps such as Uber and the locally-developed app Beat."
"...Bad weather led to the flight being diverted on its way to Greece to pick passengers up. So travellers faced an epic saga which included a six-hour wait for a hotel room, four coach journeys lasting over nine hours, and a long and painful border crossing."
"According to the Athens Macedonian News Agency, the group which goes by the name "Combat 18 Hellas" has carried out more than 15 attacks till date."
"....The judges note that the Income Tax Code has retained for the spouse, who is liable only for the tax corresponding to his own income..."
“Do they want to test our determination? We dare Greece to go at Imia. In case something like that happens, we will defend them to death. And this, once our leader, President Erdogan, gives the order” said Bulut in an interview with the Turkish state television network TRT.
March 5, 2018
"...Encouraged by large gas finds in the eastern Mediterranean, Greece is eager to attract investment in its energy sector as it tries to emerge from years of economic crisis."
"...US Ambassador to Greece, Geoffrey Pyatt, said on Saturday in an exclusive interview with the Athens-Macedonian News Agency, on the occasion of the World Economic Forum held in Delphi."
"The Greek Finance Ministry said in a statement last Friday that another €5.7 billion ($7 billion) from the third bailout package should be disbursed in mid-March following approval by lawmakers in several eurozone nations. The current program worth a total of €86 billion runs until August this year. After that, Greece hopes to fully return to regular market financing."
"... the prosecutor has allowed families to visit the two officers, who are imprisoned in the prisons of Adrianople. The lawyers of Engineer Lieutenant Angelos Mitroodis and Engineer Sergeant Dimitris Koukladis had filed a request against their detention . It is worth mentioning that the Greek Consul had proposed that their detention be continued in the Greek consulate..."
March 4, 2018
“This will pave the way to the release of the first sub tranche of 5.7 billion euros in the second half of March,” Centeno said.
Toskas blames poor response to violence on police, Kaminis - Tovima
"Amidst a public backlash over a spate of violent attacks by hooligans and other violent groups who have smashed storefronts and staged other attacks, including a grenade outside police station, Civil Protection Minister Nikos Toskas has lashed out at police for not following orders and operational plans."
"...On one side the Greek alliance and on the other the strengthening of ties with the neighboring Sunni nations, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. In both cases Netanyahu is counting on the world’s declining interest in the Palestinian problem. The partners are making due with lip service over the occupation, but it is more important to them to receive things from Israel."
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March 3, 2018
"...The Greek prime minister said that “recession-mired Greece returned to growth dynamically in 2017, and this trend is expected to lead to over 2 percent growth this year and the following years.” He also said that his government is working on “a comprehensive growth plan for the day after” when Greece completes its bailout programs...”
"This is pure fantasy. We are not at war with Turkey to conduct an exchange of prisoners," junior minister Giorgos Katrougalos told reporters on March 3, adding that such "spy stories" originated in Turkish media reports. "This is not an unusual episode. Such incidents occur on the border," he said..."
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March 2, 2018
"In a statement Friday, the ministry said an expert committee assisting Eurozone finance ministers gave its approval at a meeting in Brussels..."
This isn't good: could be used as an obvious bargaining chip by Turkeyt for the Turkish citizens that are tangled up in Greek court with extradition proceeding/asylum requests after the failed 2016 coup against Mr. Erdogan.
..."Greece said the soldiers had been on a border patrol when they strayed from their route because of the poor weather. Turkey’s state-owned Anadolu news agency said the soldiers were detained on grounds of attempted military espionage and entering a prohibited military zone."
"Asked whether he is worried about the possibility of an "accident" between Greece and Turkey, the ambassador replied that he was worried about an episode of "unintentional" conflict."
March 1, 2018Council of Europe urges Greece to step up anti-corruption efforts - Reuters
"...a report by the Council’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) said Greece needed to do more to speed up procedures for the adoption of laws in parliament and rules for lifting lawmakers’ immunity, as the number of denials to lift immunity “significantly outweighed” approved requests... and recommended that Greece set clear standards of professional conduct and integrity for judges and prosecutors."
"...Yagtzoglou, arrested in connection with a bomb attack against former Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos last May, is on hunger strike...Groups acting in solidarity to Yagtzoglou stormed the offices of the governing SYRIZA party early on Thursday in the Athens suburb of Kesariani."
"Dragasakis stressed that the next sixth months, until Greece completes the current fiscal adjustment programmme, are critical, as they may affect developments over the next decade. “The groundwork for growth has been laid. We are not starting with a blank page at this ministry,” he said."
"A decision by Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos, published on the government gazzette, said that from March 1 all restrictions in opening new bank accounts are lifted, the monthly cash withdrawal ceiling is raised from 1,800 to 2,300 euros and the transfer of euros or other foreign currencies abroad is allowed up to 2,300 euros..."
"...In the implementation of safety regulations, the so-called ISPS Code, PPA PPA -0.47 % will "close" the region of Crete ships "(Gate E3), which can only be entered if one travels to Crete, or if he has a specific job."
"...Twenty-five EU governments launched the agreement in December to fund, develop and deploy armed forces together, ending the squandering of billions of euros by splintered defence policies and reducing Europe’s heavy reliance on Washington."