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Greek Pension Reform Sparks Strike as Heat Turned Up on Tsipras

bloomberg.com — Socrates Vrysopoulos is an unlikely militant. The 38-year-old Greek banking and commercial lawyer is part of a month-old bar-association boycott of the country's courts, in protest against the government's pension-reform plans. He says they cripple small businesses and the self-employed, raising the tax and social insurance for a young lawyer with annual income of 20,000 euros ($21,900) by 27 percent to 13,800 euros.
Feb 04, 2016

Greek Pension Reform Sparks Strike as Heat Turned Up on Tsipras bloom.bg/1KYC2KJ | by @mbensass & @Luleni | via @business

Feb 04, 2016

RT @nchrysoloras: Greek Pension Reform Sparks Strike as Heat Turned Up on Tsipras bloom.bg/1KYC2KJ | by @mbensass & @Luleni | via @b…

Feb 04, 2016

RT @nchrysoloras: Greek Pension Reform Sparks Strike as Heat Turned Up on Tsipras bloom.bg/1KYC2KJ | by @mbensass & @Luleni | via @b…

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Euro-Area Jobless Decline Belies Twice the Pain for Youth: Chart

bloomberg.com — While euro-area unemployment fell to a new four-year low in the final month of 2015, the region's youth are not closing the gap with older workers. The jobless rate for under-25 year olds dropped to 22 percent from 22.1 percent, compared with a 10.4 percent December rate for all age groups, according to Eurostat.

Euro-Area Unemployment Falls as ECB Weighs Stimulus Measures

bloomberg.com — Euro-area unemployment decreased to a new five-year low in December, an unexpected bit of good news as the European Central Bank considers increasing its monetary stimulus next month to stave off deflationary threats. The region's jobless rate decreased to 10.4 percent from 10.5 percent in November, the European Union's statistics office in Luxembourg said on Tuesday.

Greece Reaches Tsipras Anniversary With Pension Battle to Face

bloomberg.com — Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras marks the one-year anniversary of his election on Monday as Greece finds itself once again with a battle on its hands. A grueling negotiation over reforms looms with the country's creditors, and bonds are sinking once more after a roller-coaster year.

Inflation Returns to Greece After Three Years of Falling Prices

bloomberg.com — Greek inflation returned in December, ending almost three years of non-stop price declines during the country's economic and political crisis. The 0.4 percent increase, based on an EU measure, followed a 0.1 percent drop in November and marked the first positive reading since February 2013, according to a statement from the Hellenic Statistical Authority.
Jan 13, 2016

People who worry that Greece is turning into Venezuela should look away now. bloom.bg/1UOicqJ via @business pic.twitter.com/oiniCFu1YY

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No Cuts in Greek Primary Pensions, Minister Says Ahead of Talks

bloomberg.com — Greece's "absolute red line" in negotiations with its creditors? No further cuts in primary pensions. Labor and Social Security Minister George Katrougalossays the government's proposal of raising 600 million euros ($651 million) through increased mandatory contributions is a more palatable option, pitting it against creditors, who say it may hurt growth.
Jan 12, 2016

No Cuts in Greek Primary Pensions, Minister Says Ahead of Talks bloom.bg/1ULIMAS via @business

Jan 12, 2016

RT @business: Avoiding further pension cuts is an "absolute red line" in Greece's talks with creditors bloom.bg/1ULIMAS pic.twitter.com/GAOKduilQc

World's Woes Huddle on Greek Shores as Another Crisis Year Looms

bloomberg.com — Sotiris Alexopoulos has been helping the desperate and destitute spawned by Greece's economic free fall since he lost his job in 2010. This year, he began catering to a new group of stricken people: the thousands of refugees arriving at the port of Piraeus.
Dec 04, 2015

World's Woes Huddle on Greek Shores as Another Crisis Year Looms bloom.bg/1IHKZqO via @business

Dec 04, 2015

World's Woes Huddle on Greek Shores as Another Crisis Year Looms bloom.bg/1IHKZqO via @business

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Nouy Says Greek Bank Recapitalization Deadline Poses Challenge

bloomberg.com — Greece will have to rush to meet a year-end deadline to inject fresh equity into its lenders because officials are running short of time to attract private investors, European Central Bank Supervisory Board chair Daniele Nouy said.

A Quick End to Greek Capital Controls? Economists Don't Think So

bloomberg.com — Greeks should get used to restrictions on their money. That's the view of 81 percent of economists polled by Bloomberg, who said capital controls are here to stay until at least the second half of 2016. The sample of 16 economists was interviewed Oct. 9-16.
Oct 20, 2015

A Quick End to Greek Capital Controls? Economists Don't Think So bloom.bg/1GPV8ke via @business

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Yo-Yo Ride for Greek-Bank Bonds and Stocks Spooked by ECB Review

bloomberg.com — As another week of wild speculation about the balance sheet review of Greek banks begins, spare a thought for investors who've had to follow the roller-coaster ride of their stocks and bonds. Senior unsecured notes in Greece's embattled lenders sank as low as 21 cents on the euro in July.
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Feb 04, 2016

What would Plato and Socrates say about Greece's latest pension reform? Find out here bloomberg.com/news/articles/…

Feb 01, 2016

@damomac Also won a big one: got her to say "it's a tomato mama, not a tomato", but that doesn't sound as good written down.

Feb 01, 2016

Trained daughter to say "it's not a sidewalk, mama, it's a pavement". The evening has started well.

Jan 27, 2016

RT @MikeBloomberg: Equality for same-sex couples continues to spread globally. Congratulations Mayor @KaminisG on this historic moment. twitter.com/KaminisG/statu…

Jan 26, 2016

RT @YiannisBab: A refugee camp for 300-400k people (as suggested by Belgian Interior Minister) would be the de facto 4th biggest city in Greece.


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