Pension rises approved as public opinion teeters ahead of election year
Energy measures reassure public, as govt scrambles to keep lid on other household costs
In full campaign mode, PM ventures forth to rally support
ND banks on public apathy in face of surveillance revelations
Reports claiming link between spyware and state pile pressure on government
Govt hints at more relief measures as opposition lambasts electricity bill fixes
Rising contributions spark concern in key voter groups
Apart from turning a primary deficit into a surplus in what is expected to be a low-growth environment next year, the government is also facing another challenging balancing act as it will have raise social security contributions for the self-employed despite pledging lower levies for employers and employees.
New Democracy has targeted a 2 pct of GDP primary deficit this year and, for the time being, remains committed to producing a 1 pct of GDP primary surplus next year. This will involve a fiscal adjustment of around 6 billion euros, which means that the c...
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