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Posts in Economy
It is fall season (2023), which means that the Ministry of Finance, the Central Bank of Greece, the European Commission, and the OECD and IMF, among others, look ahead and present their near-term outlook for the Greek economy. This blog attempts to place the messages in context by looking underneath the surface. Can we ascertain Greece’s structural underlying basis?
Contributor: Bob Traa
S&P confirmed last Friday most expectations and upgraded Greece by one notch to ‘BBB-‘ with stable outlook, closing an arduous cycle for the Greek economy that started at the end of 2009, in the wake of the debt crisis that engulfed the country for close to a decade.
Contributor: Yiannis Mouzakis
This episode of The Agora involves a departure from our normal format as we mark 10 years since MacroPolis was launched.
Contributor: Agora Podcast
Greece’s reliance on natural gas as a “transition fuel” left the country highly exposed to Russian energy imports on the eve of the Ukraine war. The efficacy with which the economy adapted to the energy crisis proved to be a valuable learning experience.
Contributor: Georgia Nakou
Kyriakos Mitsotakis won an impressive election victory in June 2023 to lead Greece for a second term as Prime Minister. He heads the New Democracy party (ND). Mitsotakis and ND profile themselves as “conservatives.” The main opposition parties, SYRIZA and PASOK, may be seen as “further left” (progressive) and “center left” (labor party), respectively.
Contributor: Bob Traa