27-04-2018 | EYE ON GREECE | EU

27-04-2018 | EYE ON GREECE | EU

Friday, April 27, 2018

On Athens visit, Juncker appears upbeat about Greek recovery

In a speech before Greece’s Parliament on Thursday, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker expressed optimism about Greece’s economic recovery and called on its European partners to honor pledges for debt relief.


Tsakalotos to FT: More frequent monitoring missions after Greek bailout ends

Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos was quoted by FT, in an article posted on Thursday, as saying that EU monitoring missions will probably be “more frequent” than the twice-a-year evaluations now conducted by creditors’ auditors. The latter were a fixture in post-bailout Eurozone members.


Space agency chief’s resignation sparks political row

The resignation on Wednesday of the distinguished Greek astrophysicist Stamatios Krimigis from his position as head of the Hellenic Space Agency (HSA), over what he described as interference by the government in the agency’s work, has triggered a fierce political confrontation, with opposition New Democracy calling on Telecommunications Minister Nikos Pappas to respond to the allegations.


Draft bill eyes hefty discounts on fines imposed for ‘off-the-book’ labor if employer proceeds with legal hiring

The relevant labor ministry will submit a draft bill to Parliament next week significantly lowering fines imposed on businesses employing wage-earners “off-the-books”, with discounts envisioned in exchange for an employer legally hiring undeclared labor.


Rouvikonas targets British Council in Athens

Members of the Rouvikonas anti-establishment group stormed the premises of the British Council in the central suburb of Kolonaki in Athens on Thursday morning protesting against the war in Syria.


Fitch: Improved prospects for Greek debt sustainability; debt at 132.8% in 2026

Fitch ratings on Thursday noted that Greece’s second-consecutive budget surplus “demonstrates the authorities΄ continuing commitment to fiscal consolidation”


ATHEX: Greek stocks stage recovery after four days of losses

The Greek stock market surged back to growth on Thursday, with the benchmark all but offsetting its Tuesday losses.







KATHIMERINI: Clouds over the clean exit scenario

ETHNOS: Tax-punishment for families

TA NEA: FinMin Tsakalotos confesses that strict supervision will apply even after the Memorandum ends

EFIMERIDA TON SYNTAKTON: Praise from Juncker – Riddles in the Eurogroup

AVGI: Juncker: Normal country

RIZOSPASTIS: Tsipras and Junkcer defend anti-popular policies and commit to escalate them

KONTRA NEWS: A debt reduction of 100 billion Euros is necessary for the country’s return to normalcy

DIMOKRATIA: Memoranda to the bitter end

NAFTEMPORIKI: The goals of Greece’s mid-term program under discussion