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Greek PM sees country in “Great Depression”

Posted By admin On July 22, 2012 @ 6:26 am In Money Watch | Comments Disabled

Reuters [1]
July 22, 2012

Greece is in a “Great Depression” similar to the American one in the 1930s, the country’s Prime Minister Antonis Samaras told former U.S. President Bill Clinton on Sunday.

Samaras’s comments come two days before a team of Greece’s international lenders arrive in Athens to push for further austerity measures if the debt-laden country wants to qualify for further rescue payments and avoid a chaotic default.

Athens wants to soften the terms of a 130-billion euro bailout agreed last March with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund, to soften their impact on an economy going through its worst post-war recession.

Greek GDP is expected by the end of this to have shrunk by about a fifth in five consecutive years of recession since 2008, hammered by tax hikes, spending cuts and wage reductions required by two EU/IMF bailouts. Unemployment climbed to a record 22.6 percent in the first quarter.

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[1] Reuters: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/22/us-greece-clinton-depression-idUSBRE86L07L20120722

[2] Martin Feldstein: The Greek Austerity Measures Will Fail, And The Country Will Quit The Euro: http://www.prisonplanet.com/martin-feldstein-the-greek-austerity-measures-will-fail-and-the-country-will-quit-the-euro.html

[3] Greek Referendum Threatens New Euro Zone Crisis: http://www.prisonplanet.com/greek-referendum-threatens-new-euro-zone-crisis.html

[4] Greek President (And Nazi Resistance Fighter) Lashes Out At “German Boot” For Pushing Country To The Brink: http://www.prisonplanet.com/greek-president-and-nazi-resistance-fighter-lashes-out-at-german-boot-for-pushing-country-to-the-brink.html

[5] The Scary Truth About Greek Austerity: It Will Make The Country’s Debt Crisis Worse: http://www.prisonplanet.com/the-scary-truth-about-greek-austerity-it-will-make-the-countrys-debt-crisis-worse.html

[6] Greek Streets ‘Explosive’ as PM Faces Confidence Vote: http://www.prisonplanet.com/greek-streets-explosive-as-pm-faces-confidence-vote.html

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