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Greek elections: Time for the EU to talk debt

Bodo Ellmers

26 Jan 2015 15:45:46

The outcome of yesterday’s elections in Greece puts a new government in power that takes an alternative and proactive approach to ending the heavily indebted nation’s debt crisis. European debt justice groups welcome the plans of the new Syriza-led government to renegotiate Greece’s heavy debt burden with its creditors. These negotiations should start as soon as possible. Muddling through is no longer an option The policy of ‘muddling through’ with which the EU - assisted by the International Monetary Fund - dealt with the Greek debt crisis has lasted for far too long. And it never solved the problem. Today, Greece suffers from a debt burden that is higher than ever before. It amounts to 174 per cent of GDP, roughly three times of what is considered a sustainable debt to GDP ratio ...
The IMF’s Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) has released its report on the IMF response to the financial and economic crisis. Assessing the years from 2008 to 2013, the report finds that the IMF has violated principles of uniform treatment of member ...

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Troika under scrutiny: European Parliament joins CSOs

Bodo Ellmers

29 Jan 2014 17:24:44

The times when the Troika of the European Commission, European Central Bank (ECB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) could operate in the dark and on extralegal grounds seem almost over. The European Parliament just released its draft enquiry report on the role and operations of the Troika with regard to the euro area progamme countries. The report criticises the “generally weak accountability” of the Troika and the “lack of transparency” in negotiations with programme countries. The Parliament points out that there was no appropriate legal basis for setting up the Troika, and that the programme conditions did not pay respect to the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.  This report – welcomed by Eurodad - complements recent civil society initiatives to hold ...

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Troika loans to Greece: a gift for creditors, not for people

Konstantinos Todoulos

26 Jun 2013 09:11:37

A new briefing by Attac Austria analyses who is benefiting from the crisis loans to Greece. At least 77% of the €206.9 billion loans by the Troika of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), European Union and European Central Bank (ECB) were used to bail out creditors and recapitalise banks. At the same time, the Greek economy collapsed and poverty is rising dramatically because the government lacks the financial resources to stimulate growth and fulfil its human rights obligations. The analysis confirms that Troika involvement in Greece is not benefiting the people but the creditors, repeating a history of debt crisis management we have seen in many developing countries in the past.   Crisis lending to Greece: who profited? The Troika’s crisis loans, of which €206.9 billion ...