30-03-2018 | EYE ON GREECE | EU

30-03-2018 | EYE ON GREECE | EU

Friday, March 30, 2018

Name talks at crucial juncture

Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias’s intention to brief party leaders next week on the progress of talks over the name of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia with his FYROM counterpart is seen by analysts as an indication that developments are on the way.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/227226/article/ekathimerini/news/name-talks-at-crucial-juncture

Detention of two Greek soldiers extended as acrimony lingers

As a Turkish court rejected an objection submitted by the lawyers of the two Greek soldiers currently in Edirne Prison against a decision to extend their detention, the rancorous verbal standoff between the two sides continued Thursday, with Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos responding to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent “Greater Turkey” comments, saying Ankara should not forget that the Ottoman Empire was defeated in the Greek War of Independence.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/227223/article/ekathimerini/news/detention-of-two-greek-soldiers-extended-as-acrimony-lingers

IMF spox refers to stepped up work over Greek debt relief

An IMF spokesman on Thursday expressed a slightly more positive outlook over the prospect of the Fund continuing in the Greek program, while noting that technical work on the debt relief issue has accelerated.

http://www.naftemporiki.gr/story/1336419/imf-spox-refers-to-stepped-up-work-over-greek-debt-relief

Stournaras: Clear post-program plan is needed

Central banker Yannis Stournaras returned to the issue of the post-program support framework for Greece during a speech on Thursday, but avoided the term “precautionary credit line,” which has generated strong reactions from the government.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/227228/article/ekathimerini/business/stournaras-clear-post-program-plan-is-needed

BoG: NPEs post noteworthy reduction in Q4 2017

The Bank of Greece on Thursday said non-performing exposures (NPEs) affecting the domestic credit sector reached 95.7 billion euros up until the end December 2017, down by 4.8 percent and 10 percent compared with the end of September 2017 and December 2016, respectively.

http://www.naftemporiki.gr/story/1336354/bog-npes-post-noteworthy-reduction-in-q4-2017

Specter of football ‘Grexit’ again re-appears

The head of FIFA’s monitoring committee for Greek professional football has recommended the suspension of the country’s crisis-bedeviled league from international participation, a prospect that means that Greece’s football federation (EPO) has a brief “window of opportunity” to enforce measures demanded by FIFA.

http://www.naftemporiki.gr/story/1336331/specter-of-football-grexit-again-re-appears

ATHEX: Stocks take dive in March

The Greek stock market ended the first quarter of the year with the benchmark down 2.73 percent since the beginning of 2018 and the banks index having fallen 10.41 percent in the same period, after yet another session of losses for most stocks on Thursday. The bourse will remain closed on Friday and on Monday due to Easter holidays in most Western markets, and will reopen on Tuesday, April 3.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/227225/article/ekathimerini/business/athex-stocks-take-dive-in-march


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ETHNOS: Total disaster [for Greek football]. Football Grexit danger is now visible.

TA NEA: FinMin Tsakalotos openly disagrees with the PM’s choices

EFIMERIDA TON SYNTAKTON: New Democracy leader Mitsotakis: Too small for great challenges

AVGI: New Democracy leader Mitsotakis is absent [from the discussion on crucial national issues]

RIZOSPASTIS: Struggle for collective labor agreements

KONTRA NEWS: Frauds, kickbacks, guns and fixed football games

DIMOKRATIA: The list of shame! Tax-fines for rich people erased

NAFTEMPORIKI: Reduction of NPLs accelerated