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Greece Draws €2 Billion From Capital Markets After Successfully Issuing 7-Year Bond

Athens drew €2 billion from international capital markets on Holy Wednesday, following the successful issuance of seven-year syndicated bonds. Greece "has accessed global markets today, through adverse social and economic conditions created globally by the pandemic, and succeeded," Finance Minister...

Greece Aims to Raise Money from Capital Markets by Issuing New 7-Year Bond

Greece opened a book-building process for a seven-year syndicated bond on Holy Wednesday. The Greek government ordered Citi, Commerzbank, Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, Nomura and Societe Generale banks to issue the new seven-year bond, as Athens takes action to strengthen...

Eurostat Survey Finds Greeks Continue to Dine Out Despite Crisis

Despite the substantial decrease in their incomes in the period between 2010 and 2016, Greek citizens seem to have not been very keen to curtail their plans to eat out. This is one of the findings of the statistical service of...

Study Finds Greece's Social Handouts at EU Average, but Unequally Redistributed

The European Statistics Agency Eurostat published an interesting study recently about the levels of social protection across the European Union. The study presents valuable information not only about the total expenditure each member state spends to protect the most vulnerable in...

European Stability Mechanism Approves Athens' Request for Early Repayment of IMF Loans

The European Stability Mechanism (ESM) on Monday approved an early partial repayment of Greece's outstanding loans to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). At the same time it will waive Greece's obligation to simultaneously repay the same proportion of outstanding loans...

Greece's Tourism Revenues Up by 13.6% So Far in 2019

According to Bank of Greece data on the country's current account balance between January and August of 2019, revenues from tourism rose by an impressive 13.6 percent compared to the same period last year. There was also a 3.6 percent increase...

IMF Disagrees With Brussels; Sees Lower Greek Surpluses for 2019, 2020

Vitor Gaspar, the Head of the Fiscal Affairs Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) presented the Fund's Fiscal Monitor on Wednesday, just before its annual autumn summit in Washington. With regard to the IMF's projections about Greece's economy, the data presented...

European Union to Give Green Light to Greece's Budget for 2020

Τhe European Commission posted Greece's draft budget plan for 2020 on its website on Wednesday. The budgetary projections envisage a primary surplus of 3.7 percent of GDP in 2019 and a surplus of 3.5 percent of GDP in 2020,...

Greek Primary Surplus Continues to Exceed Targets Despite Tax Cuts

The Greek state budget recorded a primary surplus of 4.479 billion euros in the January-September period over budget targets, for a surplus of €1.467 billion, the country's Finance Ministry announced on Tuesday. There was a primary surplus of 2.523 billion euros...

Greece Borrows With Negative Interest For the First Time in History

Greece has for the first time in history borrowed money with a negative interest rate, it was made public on Wednesday. According to a statement issued by the country's Public Debt Management Authority, during Wednesday's three-month T-bill auction, the country...