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Standard And Poor's Upgrades Greece; Expects Growth Higher than Eurozone Average

Rating agency Standard and Poor's upgraded on Friday evening Greece's sovereign credit rating by one notch, from B+ to BB-. The agency noted that the decision of the government in August to lift the remaining capital controls was implemented without...

Greek Budget Revenues Exceed Targets by €287 Million in August

A positive surprise for Greece's public finances came to light on Monday, as according to the latest official data, the country's revenues were €287 million higher than expected in August, despite recently-introduced tax cuts. More specifically, between August 1 and 31,...

Greece Officially Requests Early Repayment of Expensive IMF Loans

Greek Finance Minister Christos Staikouras signed the official letters on Monday in which Greece requests to pay back to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) part of the loans it received during the financial crisis. The letters will be sent to the...

ESM Chief Regling Says Greek Primary Surplus Targets Could Be Reduced

Chief of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) Klaus Regling indicated on Friday that the European Institutions might consider reducing Greece's primary surplus targets beginning in 2021. Speaking during a press conference just before the crucial Eurogroup meeting coming up in...

Unemployment Drops to 16.9 Percent in Greece, Lowest Point Since 2011

According to a new report that the Greece Statistical Authority ELSTAT announced on Thursday, unemployment in the country fell to 16.9 percent during the second quarter of 2019. More specifically, 13.7 percent of Greek men are currently unemployed, while the...

€7.4 Billion in VAT Revenue Lost in Greece in 2017; €137 Billion Lost EU-Wide

According to the latest data published by the European Commission on Thursday, the nation of Greece lost €7.4 billion in revenues from Value-Added Tax (VAT) that was not collected during 2017. The extent of the practice of tax evasion across...

Greek Economy Grew by 1.9% During Second Quarter of 2019

The Greek economy grew by 1.9 percent during the second quarter of 2019, compared to the corresponding period in 2018, the Greek Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) announced on Wednesday. The statistics service also announced that Greek GDP rose 0.8 percent in...

Economic Confidence Climbs Even Higher in Greece in August

According to the latest figures published by Eurostat on Thursday, the Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI), which was already on an upward trajectory, increased even more in Greece in August. Previously scoring 101 points in June and 105.2 in July on...

Greece's Borrowing Costs Hit New Record Low, Raising Economic Hopes

Greek state bond prices continued their downward rally on Wednesday, with the 10-year bond yield falling to a new all-time low of 1.811 percent. Greece's borrowing costs rallied to the bottom after the government announced the full abolition of capital...

PM Mitsotakis Announces Complete Lifting of Capital Controls in Greece

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis made a surprising announcement of a complete lifting of all capital controls in Greece on Monday afternoon. The stunning news came as a result of Greece's growing economic stability, only one year after the country...