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Photo by Can Esenbel [www.mundanepleasure.com] It remains a mystery

The Wall Street Journal leaked this week the minutes of an International Monetary Fund board meeting in May, 2010, just a few days before Greece signed its first bailout. The extracts reveal that there was serious concern among about a third of the country representatives, who raised serious objections about the Greek programme.

Contributor: Yiannis Mouzakis

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Categories: Europe (275), Economy (311), Greece (464)

Who’s afraid of Angela Merkel?

Angela Merkel triumphed in the German elections. The 41.5 percent gained by the CDU/CSU put her in the same league as her conservative predecessors, Konrad Adenauer and Helmut Kohl. While most of Europe hoped for a different outcome, Germans opted for Mutti (mummy) Angela. Her simple message was: “You know me.” This was the closest a campaign has come to Adenauer’s “No experiments” in the late 50s, and it succeeded.

Contributor: Christos Katsioulis

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Categories: Europe (275), Politics (362)

In hindsight it would have been nicer

The Greek bailout was primarily designed to protect the rest of the eurozone from contagion in its banking sector. It's basically as simple as that. International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde admitted as much in an interview on Monday. “The choice was made to make sure the Europeans built their firewall first before anything very serious was done about the Greek debt,” Lagarde told CNN's Christiane Amanpour.

Contributor: Yiannis Mouzakis

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Categories: Europe (275), Economy (311), Greece (464)

Honey, I shrunk the Greeks

The IMF without any hesitation admits that the main beneficiary of that May 2010 so called Greek bailout was not Greece itself but the eurozone as it gave the opportunity to French and German banks to get paid in full and unload their large exposure to Greek debt from their books on the official sector and European taxpayers.

Contributor: Yiannis Mouzakis

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Categories: Europe (275), Economy (311), Greece (464)

Cyprus “success” preludes something bigger in European banking

At first, it looked anything but successful. Both Brussels and Nicosia seemed hopeless, had shot themselves in their feet, steamrollered over taboos, destabilised capital flows - created a mega blunder. Yet the Cyprus Gaffe (or Cyprus Rehearsal, or Cyprus Scare) is successful in having produced one sure effect: To make you sweat and scale down your accounts to less than 100K, then run to find the most secure refuge possible for your (depreciating) savings.

Contributor: Ilias Siakantaris

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Categories: Europe (275), Economy (311)

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