Saturday, 20 December 2014

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  • Level of corruption in Greek public sector seen falling slightly in 2014

    Photo by MacroPolis 05/12/2014

    Greece’s public sector is no longer alone in being viewed as the most corrupt in the European Union, according to a worldwide survey of perceptions of graft in 174 states and territories.
  • Greeks losing faith in dialogue with Turkey, poll indicates

    Photo by MacroPolis 03/12/2014

    The percentage of Greeks who believe that the bilateral issues between Greece and Turkey can be solved through dialogue has declined significantly to reach its lowest level since 2003, according to a new survey that also shows that support for the idea that Greece and Cypriot share common interests remains stable.
  • ILO highlights social impact of Greek crisis, proposes change in policy

    Photo by Harry van Versendaal 26/11/2014

    In its 2014 report titled “Productive jobs for Greece”, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) highlighted this week the crucial role of social protection in times of crisis, while outlining the impact that the lengthy recession and adjustment programme has had.
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  • Greece: Where did it all go wrong?

    Photo by MacroPolis 17/12/2014

    When Greece returned to international bond markets in April this year after a four-year exile, it was trumpeted by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras as another step towards the crisis exit door. “Confidence in our country was confirmed by the most objective judge – the markets,” he said after investors snapped up three billion euros of five-year bonds with a coupon of 4.75 percent. Exactly seven months later, though, the yield on those bonds shot up to almost 10 percent. Suddenly, the markets do not seem so confident. So, what went wrong?
  • SYRIZA's date with history

    Photo by Myrto Papadopoulos [www.myrtopapadopoulos.com] 10/12/2014

    SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras is following a well-trodden route by trying to force early elections over the presidential ballot. Several others before him have tried to exploit the loophole in the Greek constitution which means that snap polls have to be held if 180 MPs cannot be found to back a presidential candidate. The most recent opposition leader to follow this tactic was PASOK’s George Papandreou in 2009.
  • 2014 is not 2012

    Photo by MacroPolis 05/12/2014

    Since the eurozone crisis kicked off towards the end of 2009 in Greece there has been no other institution that has gained in prominence like the European Central Bank.