After some ups and downs, the Greek stock market edged up 0.8 percent this week, while trading volumes remained subdued for the fifth straight week.
It was mentioned almost as an afterthought. Mario Draghi, the European Central Bank President, reframed the ongoing debate on Greek debt relief, noting the ECB would draw its own conclusions on sustainability, wait for relief to be implemented, and then decide whether to include Greece in its quantitative easing programme.
Ending an awkward week at home, Alexis Tsipras heads to meetings in Brussels that could ultimately define his term as prime minister.
On the sidelines of a European Council, his talks on Thursday and Friday are with the EU’s Jean-Claude Juncker, French President Francois Hollande and Germany’s Angela Merkel.
Greece’s current account (C/A) surplus fell by 379 million, or 17.2 percent, to reach 1.82 billion euros in August, down from 2.2 billion a year ago, Bank of Greece (BoG) figures showed on Friday.
The crisis has seen Greeks eating more fruit and vegetables and cutting back on meat, eggs and milk, a study from one of the country’s consumer groups has found.