23-04-2018 | EYE ON GREECE | EU

23-04-2018 | EYE ON GREECE | EU


Monday, April 23, 2018

Erdogan: Turkey would consider trade of 2 Greek soldiers with 8 asylum-seeking Turk officers

Concerns that official Ankara is using two Greek servicemen held in the neighboring country as “bargaining chips” to pressure Athens for the return of eight Turkish officers acquired more weight over the weekend, with none other than Recep Tayyip Erdogan saying he’s “open to the prospect”.

http://www.naftemporiki.gr/story/1343034/erdogan-turkey-would-consider-trade-of-2-greek-soldiers-with-8-asylum-seeking-turk-officers

Lagarde, Tsakalotos discuss debt relief, reforms

The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde, and Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos discussed debt relief for Greece and speeding up reforms in a meeting on the sidelines of the fund’s spring meeting in Washington on Saturday.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/227939/article/ekathimerini/business/lagarde-tsakalotos-discuss-debt-relief-reforms

Greek govt refers to staff level agreement in May, Eurogroup OK in June; leaks prospects of debt relief deal

The Greek government is reportedly aiming for an agreement, at the staff level, with creditors by the May 24 Eurogroup, with a subsequent Eurogroup meeting on June 21 to serve as the venue for a political decision by Eurozone finance ministers that concludes the fourth review of the current bailout.

http://www.naftemporiki.gr/story/1343078/greek-govt-refers-to-staff-level-agreement-in-may-eurogroup-ok-in-June-leaks-prospects-of-debt-relief-deal

ND given 13-point percentage point lead over SYRIZA; govt sources angrily respond

Main opposition New Democracy (ND) party’s lead over ruling SYRIZA in the latest opinion poll, published on Saturday, reaches 13 percentage points, a widening figure even among the last batch of polls by mainstream media.

http://www.naftemporiki.gr/story/1342913/nd-given-13-point-percentage-point-lead-over-syriza-govt-sources-angrily-respond

Bill to write off some disputed debts to funds

The Labor and Social Security Ministry is preparing a bill that will provide for the write-off of debts confirmed up to December 31, 2016 that are being challenged in court or where reasonable doubt has been recorded in relation to their confirmation by the social security fund.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/227914/article/ekathimerini/business/bill-to-write-off-some-disputed-debts-to-funds

Greek bank stress test results due on May 5

The country’s four systemic banks saw their stock prices gain about 15 percent over the week after reports emerged that they have successfully negotiated their stress tests. During the week the lenders were informed in Frankfurt about the tests’ progress and the official announcement of the results is now scheduled for Saturday, May 5.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/227911/article/ekathimerini/business/greek-bank-stress-test-results-due-on-may-5

ATHEX: Bourse index ascends over 4 pct in week

The Greek stock market ended its six-day rising streak on Friday after a mixed session that did however see banks and mid-caps finish the week with fresh gains, while the closing auctions offset earlier losses. Observers view the benchmark’s dip as entirely expected.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/227910/article/ekathimerini/business/athex-bourse-index-ascends-over-4-pct-in-week

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SUNDAY PAPERS

KATHIMERINI: Fears of a tsunami of refugees in Evros

TO VIMA: Caught in the web of Erdogan  

REAL NEWS: ‘Grey’ scenario by Erdogan

PROTO THEMA: Clean exit to… snap elections!

AVGI: Alt. Defense Minister Kouvelis: “There are no grey zones”

MONDAY PAPERS:

ETHNOS: Civil war for Airbnb – Residents in multi-storey buildings fight with each other over the exploitation of apartments

TA NEA: Bold extortion by Erdogan [who asks for the handing over of eight Turkish military officers linked to the failed coup in Turkey in exchange for the release of the two Greek servicemen]

EFIMERIDA TON SYNTAKTON: Erdogan’s exchange proposal rejected as unacceptable

KONTRA NEWS: The FBI revealed black accounts of politicians’ associates linked to the Novartis scandal

DIMOKRATIA: Our newspaper will not be blackmailed by New Democracy!

NAFTEMPORIKI: ‘Map’ for the handling of NPLs worth 19 billion Euros