04-05-2018 | EYE ON GREECE | EU

04-05-2018 | EYE ON GREECE | EU


Friday, May 4, 2018

Turkish trading vessel butts into Greek navy patrol boat

A Turkish-flagged merchant ship collided briefly with a Hellenic Navy gunboat Armatolos just off the coast of the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos in the early hours of Friday.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/228296/article/ekathimerini/news/turkish-trading-vessel-butts-into-greek-navy-patrol-boat

Protests greet prime minister on Lesvos

During his visit on Thursday to Lesvos, which was marred by clashes between demonstrators and riot police during protests over the government’s and the European Union’s migration policy, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras acknowledged that mistakes have been made with regard to the refugee crisis.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/228292/article/ekathimerini/news/protests-greet-prime-minister-on-lesvos

ND chief vows not to sack public sector employees

New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis insisted on Thursday that a conservative government will not sack public sector employees.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/228280/article/ekathimerini/news/nd-chief-vows-not-to-sack-public-sector-employees

Commission revises Greek GDP forecasts for 2018, 2019 downwards

The European Commission has revised, downwards, its forecasts for growth in Greece, both for 2018 and in 2019. Only the unemployment rate, which is being reduced faster than previous forecasts, is positive, as other primary indices for the Greek economy are also falling short of projections.

http://www.naftemporiki.gr/story/1346774/commission-revises-greek-gdp-forecasts-for-2018-2019-downwards

Prominent MPs lend support to foster care bill

A draft bill granting heterosexual and same-sex couples with cohabitation agreements the right to foster a child was approved by a parliamentary committee on Thursday with the support of two prominent opposition lawmakers who broke ranks with their party’s official position.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/228270/article/ekathimerini/news/prominent-mps-lend-support-to-foster-care-bill

State’s arrears to private sector increase in March, for second consecutive month

The Greek state arrears to the private sector increased for a second straigth month in March 2018, according to the General Accounting Office. The figure stood at 2.461 billion euros in January 2018, rising to 2.62 billion euros in February 2018 and 2.734 billion euros in March 2018.

http://www.naftemporiki.gr/story/1347010/states-arrears-to-private-sector-increase-in-march-for-second-consecutive-month

Greek FinMin: Debt relief talks still underway; refers directly to post-memorandum ‘supervision’

Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos referred to another “two parts” of negotiations between Athens and institutional creditors amid a looming conclusion to the fourth review of the current bailout, namely, what he called the “post-memorandum supervision”, for which he added that the Greek side has already received the “parameters” of what it will entail after August 2018.

http://www.naftemporiki.gr/story/1346959/

ATHEX: Fed decision miffs investors

Concerns on international markets, related to the Fed’s decision to keep its rates unchanged while signaling a policy tightening in the future, led to Greek stocks posting significant losses on Thursday, as the euro and the Greek bond prices continued their decline. The majority of stocks ended the session on the day’s low.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/228286/article/ekathimerini/business/athex-fed-decision-miffs-investors

http://www.ekathimerini.com/228248/article/ekathimerini/business/athex-mixed-day-for-stocks-with-banks-falling

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KATHIMERINI: Tsakalotos ‘trims’ great expectations

ETHNOS: Superfund to offer funds to S/M businesses

TA NEA: New dramatic warning by the EU regarding the Greek economy

EFIMERIDA TON SYNTAKTON: PM Tsipras to island populations: “You defended Europe’s honour”

AVGI: Support for island populations, protection for refugees

RIZOSPASTIS: Outrage for the government’s ‘growth’ fiesta and mockery

KONTRA NEWS: New Democracy and PASOK fear that PM Tsipras is going to call for snap elections.

DIMOKRATIA: MPs Venizelos and Bakogianni support the government’s bill that allows same-sex couples to adopt children

NAFTEMPORIKI: EU lowers the bar regarding the growth of Greek GDP