27-03-2018 | EYE ON GREECE | EU

27-03-2018 | EYE ON GREECE | EU

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Top EU officials urge Ankara to free soldiers, stop violations

Senior European Union officials on Monday called on Turkey to improve its relationship with Greece and Cyprus and for the swift release of two Greek soldiers who have been in Turkish custody since early March, indicating that progress in EU-Turkish talks on other issues hinged on these issues.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/227108/article/ekathimerini/news/top-eu-officials-urge-ankara-to-free-soldiers-stop-violations

Commission sources: Greece first in terms of Juncker plan financing, compared to GDP

Greece ranks in first place in terms of financing from the so-called “Juncker plan”, in relation to its GDP, Commission sources said last week, a more-or-less expected result given the country’s urgent need for investments via European programs, compared to other Eurozone members.

http://www.naftemporiki.gr/story/1334039/commission-sources-greece-first-in-terms-of-Juncker-plan-financing-compared-to-gdp

Kammenos stresses opposition to use of term ‘Macedonia’ in name solution

In comments to ANT1 television channel on Tuesday, Panos Kammenos, who is also leader of the junior coalition partner Independent Greeks (ANEL), underlined his opposition to the use of the term ‘Macedonia’ in a solution to a name dispute between Athens and Skopje.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/227109/article/ekathimerini/news/kammenos-stresses-opposition-to-use-of-term-macedonia-in-name-solution

Review may not end until July

Eurozone officials in Brussels are now considering a package solution on Greek milestones at the July Eurogroup meeting, and not June’s, as was recently estimated, as they have identified notable delays in a series of reforms, particularly on the privatizations front.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/227100/article/ekathimerini/business/review-may-not-end-until-july

Greek primary budget exceeds target in first two months of 2018

Greece posted a primary budget surplus of 2.75 billion euros in the first two months of 2018, beating a target of 1.3 billion euros, and up 28.9 percent from the same figure in the corresponding period of 2017 (2.14 billion euros), the finance ministry announced.  The higher than expected surplus was attributed to a bigger dividend (614.2 million euros) paid out to the Greek state by the Bank of Greece, and higher revenues from a Public Investments Program.

http://www.naftemporiki.gr/story/1334132/greek-primary-budget-exceeds-target-in-first-two-months-of-2018

Survey: Anti-Europe sentiment falling in Greece; nearly 30% of respondents believe in ‘chemtrails’

A noteworthy sample of respondents in Greece, 28.7 percent, in fact, recently told pollsters they believe the long-lasting condensation emissions of high-flying aircraft are indeed “chemtrails”, an “urban legend” that attracted the attention and ire of some of Greece’s more populist pundits and politicians prior to 2015.

http://www.naftemporiki.gr/story/1334098/survey-anti-europe-sentiment-falling-in-greece-nearly-30-of-respondents-believe-in-chemtrails

ATHEX: Index ends losing streak on thin trade

Investors finally put an end to the Greek bourse benchmark’s nine-session slide on Monday. The rise was led by bank and utility stocks, while mid-caps continued their descent. Trading volume was particularly low.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/227099/article/ekathimerini/business/athex-index-ends–losing-streak-on-thin-trade


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