For Sale: Greek Government Assets — Slightly Used

Greece is trying to raise cash by reviving an ambitious program to privatize state assets. The country’s lenders, which include the European Union and the International Monetary Fund, hope the sell-off will cut the country’s enormous debt. But Antonis Tsifis, who runs a betting shop in a working-class neighborhood in Athens, is upset that the … Continue reading

Michael Noonan: I’m willing to overrule Finance officials and release ECB letter on bailout

FINANCE Minister Michael Noonan says he is willing to overrule civil servants in his department and release a letter from the ECB which forced Ireland into a bailout. Mr Noonan was speaking in Limerick this morning, and said it “would be appropriate” for him to publish the letter, despite his department previously refusing to release it under … Continue reading

The Greek patient returns for more help

by BEN CHU The Greek begging bowl is being brandished, once again, in European capitals. The leader of the country’s coalition government, Antonis Samaras, wants Athens to be given more time to fulfil the conditions of its IMF/EU bailout. Under the agreement’s present terms, Athens is required to reduce its budget deficit, which stood at 9.3 … Continue reading

Serb government tightens grip on central bank despite EU, IMF warning

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia’s Socialist-led government stepped up control over the central bank in the struggling ex-Yugoslav republic on Saturday, ignoring IMF criticism and a warning that the move would hurt its bid to join the European Union. Parliament adopted amendments to the law on the National Bank of Serbia, as the government seeks to … Continue reading

ECB Plans to Set Yield Targets for Bond Purchases

Interest rates on Spanish sovereign bonds have been rising to dangerous levels in recent weeks. Now, SPIEGEL has learned that the European Central Bank plans to use a new instrument to stop the trend: The bank is considering setting yield targets on the bonds of euro-zone countries. Should interest rates exceed those levels, the ECB … Continue reading

Euro’s Medicine May Be Making Greece’s Symptoms Worse

By RACHEL DONADIO and SUZANNE DALEY ATHENS — Only a month after Greece installed a new government, the country is facing renewed peril. Its official lenders are signaling a growing reluctance to keep paying the bills of the nearly bankrupt nation, even as the government is seeking more leniency on the terms of its multibillion-euro bailout.

‘Reckless’ And ‘Unprofessional’: German Minister Criticized for Greece Comments

German Economy Minister Philipp Rösler has been accused of being reckless and unprofessional after saying he is skeptical that Greece’s reform efforts will succeed and that a Greek exit from the euro had “lost its horrors.” But some senior members in Germany’s ruling coalition agree with him. German Economics Minister Philipp Rösler, the leader of … Continue reading

Workers at Mining Industry factory in Northern Greece vote for factory self-management

Statement from workers at a mining industry factory in Greece announcing their decision to take over their factory under workers’ self-management. “You can’t? We can!” Workers at Mining Industry factory in Northern Greece vote for and prepare for self-management of their factory – victory to the workers! Concerning the struggle at VIOMIHANIKI METALLEYTIKI (Mining Industry) … Continue reading

Spain police, miners clash in Madrid protest

Associated Press. Spanish miners and sympathizers incensed with the nation’s seemingly endless austerity cutbacks clashed with riot police on one of Madrid’s most famed avenues Wednesday, and six demonstrators were hospitalized after police fired rubber bullets. Police made seven arrests, and two officers were injured. The miners’ march into the capital was the culmination for some … Continue reading

Eurozone crisis will last for 20 years

By Wolfgang Münchau I always wondered who buys risky assets after one of these “historic” statements from the European Council. Sometimes the rally lasts for hours. Other times it lasts for days. The last one ended after less than a week; Italian and Spanish spreads are now above pre-summit levels. The consensus among observers had … Continue reading