19-04-2018 | EYE ON GREECE | EU

19-04-2018 | EYE ON GREECE | EU

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Fears of escalation in tensions after Erdogan calls snap polls

Amid rising tensions between Greece and Turkey in the Aegean, Wednesday’s decision by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to call snap elections for June 24 intensified concerns for bilateral ties against a backdrop of growing nationalist fervor in Turkey.


Juncker dismisses Turkish claim of ‘threat’ posed by 2 Greek servicemen who strayed across border

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday, speaking in the European Parliament, said a recent Turkish claim that a pair of jailed Greek servicemen posed a threat for the neighboring country is ridiculous.


Kotzias: Too late for FYROM to join NATO in July

There is not enough time for the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to join NATO at the alliance’s summit in July, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said on Wednesday during a lull in momentum in talks between Athens and Skopje on the “Macedonia” name issue.


BoG Gov. Stournaras: Precautionary credit line not a new memorandum

Bank of Greece Gov. Yannis Stournaras on Wednesday warned that if a precautionary credit line is not desirable after the current bailout ends in August – a prospect that the current government is loath to consider – then other alternatives should be sought, so the possibility of a waiver is not lost.


IMF: Improved primary budget surplus forecasts for Greece; worsening debt-to-GDP ratios

The IMF on Wednesday released an improved forecast for Greece’s primary budget surplus performances in 2017 and 2018 (as a percentage of GDP), although accompanied by a worsening debt-to-GDP ratio.


Int’l indices show why Greece is failing to lure investments, boost competitiveness

The Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV), which represents most of Greece’s industries and large-scale employers, on Wednesday reiterated that what the crisis-bedeviled country desperately needs is an “investment tsunami”.


ATHEX: Benchmark extends its rising streak

For the first time in 2018 the Greek bourse benchmark chalked up five consecutive days of growth, as Wednesday’s roller coaster of a session ended with blue chip buyers on top again, lured mainly by bank stocks, which continued to rally. However, the majority of stocks ended the day in the red.







KATHIMERINI: Erdogan calls for snap elections with Greece at the background

ETHNOS: Snap elections of tension in Turkey

TA NEA: Fears that Turkey will escalate its hostility in the next 66 days until its snap elections

EFIMERIDA TON SYNTAKTON: Turkish provocations on the road to elections

AVGI: Nervous elections in state of emergency

RIZOSPASTIS: The ‘guarantees’ of the EU and NATO regarding Turkish aggressiveness -also highlighted by the government- are a mockery

KONTRA NEWS: Thieving politicians will stand trial for activities not covered by the statute of limitations

TO PONTIKI: “War” ballot by Erdogan

DIMOKRATIA: 66 heated days with Turkey

NAFTEMPORIKI: Positive messages about banks’ stress tests