02-05-2018 | EYE ON GREECE | EU

02-05-2018 | EYE ON GREECE | EU


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

PM to visit Lesvos amid spike in migrant arrivals, tensions

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and several members of his cabinet are due to travel to the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos on Wednesday and Thursday, in a visit government critics say is little more than a stunt to appease public sentiment amid a fresh spike in migrant arrivals from Turkey.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/228188/article/ekathimerini/news/pm-to-visit-lesvos-amid-spike-in-migrant-arrivals-tensions

US: name solution must precede NATO accession for FYROM

The United States supports efforts to resolve a disagreement on the name issue between Athens and Skopje and stands by the decision NATO made at its 2008 summit in Bucharest, a Pentagon spokesperson has said after talks in Washington between US Defense Secretary James Mattis and his counterpart from the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Radmila Shekerinska.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/228215/article/ekathimerini/news/us-name-solution-must-precede-nato-accession-for-fyrom

Brussels views extension of retirement age as necessary

Changes in the age of retirement are the only tool remaining for the protection of Greek pensioners from poverty, as all other intervention measures have been exhausted, according to a report issued on Monday by the European Commission.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/228209/article/ekathimerini/business/brussels-views-extension-of-retirement-age-as-necessary

OECD recommendations to Greece on tax, labor market and investment framework

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on Monday referred to a need to continue the momentum of structural reforms in Greece, while offering a series of recommendations for the tax, labor market and business climate sectors – a report that coincides with a visit to Athens the same day by OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and his meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

http://www.naftemporiki.gr/story/1345931/oecd-recommendations-to-greece-on-tax-labor-market-and-investment-framework

Latest high-profile survey points to punishing, unjust and complicated Greek tax system

A survey by DiaNEOsis, an Athens-based research and policy institute, shows that 42 percent of respondents in 2017 believe that tax reform in Greece should be a priority and immediately implemented, while 41 percent of respondents this year agreed with a statement that “tax evasion is a necessary defense against excessive taxation”.

http://www.naftemporiki.gr/story/1345864/

Greek bond yields give way

Greek government bond yields hit fresh two-and-a-half-month lows after Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) chief Angel Gurria said on Monday that Greece has made “enormous” reform efforts since its debt crisis broke out and its international lenders must now grant it debt relief.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/228197/article/ekathimerini/business/greek-bond-yields-give-way

ATHEX: Benchmark adds 10 percent in April

The benchmark of the Greek bourse ended April with a monthly rise of 9.96 percent, reaching highs that were unseen in the last three months. Monday’s climb came with an increase in turnover and alongside the decline of the Greek bond yields.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/228179/article/ekathimerini/business/athex-benchmark-adds-10-percent-in-april

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KATHIMERINI: Taxes undermine growth

ETHNOS: Driving licenses for 17-year-olds

TA NEA: Slippery road for PM Tsipras

EFIMERIDA TON SYNTAKTON: Coordination between ship-owner and head of Olympiacos FC Marinakis and New Democracy leader Mitsotakis

AVGI: The message of May 1st: Reinstatement of collective labor agreements and increase of the minimum wage

RIZOSPASTIS: May 1st 2018: Message for the reinforcement of the people’s struggle

KONTRA NEWS: The struggle will carry on [after the death of the newspaper’s publisher/owner Giorgos Kouris]

DIMOKRATIA: People hunted down SYRIZA representatives during the May 1st celebrations

NAFTEMPORIKI: Upgrades by rating agencies ahead