European Economy


Grexit front and centre

The US doesn’t want a Grexit, from the FT: US Treasury secretary Jack Lew has raised the pressure on European leaders to grant some debt relief to Greece to help avoid its exit from the eurozone and what Washington sees as an unnecessary hit to the global economy. Warning that a Greek meltdown would cause hundreds


Do not trust markets on Grexit

From the FT: Athens is to submit a new proposal to eurozone authorities for a third bailout by Wednesday morning after Greek negotiators stunned some eurozone finance ministers by arriving at their meeting without a revised economic reform proposal. Despite the apparently abortive start to what had been billed as a last-ditch effort to salvage


EZ gives Greece one last chance, lol

From the FT: Athens will be given a final chance to present a new reform plan to eurozone leaders on Tuesday night despite a hardening attitude to Greece in many capitals after the emphatic rejection of previous bailout terms in Sunday’s referendum. But eurozone officials said leaders were unlikely to agree to restart rescue talks


Yanis driven out

Fresh from the blog of Yanis Varoufakis: The referendum of 5th July will stay in history as a unique moment when a small European nation rose up against debt-bondage. Like all struggles for democratic rights, so too this historic rejection of the Eurogroup’s 25th June ultimatum comes with a large price tag attached. It is, therefore,


Greece mulls printing counterfiet euros

From Ambrose Evans-Pritchard: Top Syriza officials say they are considering drastic steps to boost liquidity and shore up the banking system, should the ECB refuse to give the country enough breathing room for a fresh talks. “If necessary, we will issue parallel liquidity and California-style IOU’s, in an electronic form. We should have done it


Greece says “no” in landslide

With 60% of the Greek referendum vote counted it appears to be over: Who could have known that a sovereign people would tell a foreign power with whom they were previously at war to shove their blackmail demands? Here is Deutsche with where we go from here: NO, Scenario #N1. Soft deal This, in our


Your Greek primer

It appears the Greek referendum that begins today is too close to call: From Credit Suisse via Forexlive here’s the scenarios: 1- “Victory of the “No” camp, would immediately cast markets in uncharted territory. The vote alone might not necessarily trigger a systemic reaction, but we would expect the increase in uncertainty to weigh on


Markets go long Greek happiness

The FT makes the Greek situation as clear as is possible: Greece’s prime minister accused Europe’s leaders of attempting to “blackmail” Greek voters, just hours after apparently holding out an olive branch to the country’s creditors by accepting most of the terms of the economic reform plan they had tabled last weekend. Eurozone officials said they


Greek polling backs “no” vote



Greece defaults, sorta (updated)

From RT: International Monetary Fund has confirmed it didn’t receive €1.5 billion from Athens that were due by the end of June 30, Brussels time. Greece becomes the first developed country to default on its international obligations. IMF spokesman Gerry Rice said in a statement that Greece had asked for a repayment extension earlier on


It’s all good in Greece!

All day I’ve been reading feel good pieces about Greece. At Dad’s Army first Alan Kohler and then old man Gotti, at Fairfax it’s Phil Baker,  The Pascometer and even Chris Joye is into it this afternoon: If Greece votes to accept the troika’s deal there will likely be a prompt settlement given the collateral damage


Grexit is upon us

Greece is set to default on its IMF loan: And from Yanis’ own blog The Eurogroup Meeting of 27th June 2015 will not go down as a proud moment in Europe’s history. Ministers turned down the Greek government’s request that the Greek people should be granted a single week during which to deliver a Yes or No answer


Greece at the brink

Courtesy of FTAlphaville comes more views on Greece. Beat Siegenthaler of UBS: According to media reports the ECB has issued a statement saying that ELA would be kept at current levels as of last Friday. This means that Greek banks may not have sufficient cash to open tomorrow Monday as normal. As a result, there


Greece blinks

I’ve been waiting for some clarity after the winding up of the Greek Eurogroup emergency meeting before posting and it appears we the following from AP: Greece has accepted the principle of extending its current bailout programmewhich expires at the end of the month so as to keep it afloat while a long-term debt solution


Goldman on Greek scenarios

From Goldman Sachs: Our central case that a deal will come only after (or thanks to) the introduction of capital controls, a technical default on the IMF and issuance of IOUs/and a further build-up of arreas. The logic is that it is only when the cash constraint is fully binding and associated economic and financial


Greece confronts the final deadline (again!)

So here we are again. D-day for Greece…. until the next one. Well maybe not this time. The Eurogroup has called meeting for 3pm Monday ahead of emergency EU leaders summit to be held 7pm. There is obviously further negotiating occurring in the lead up to that event in the hope of a last minute deal


Greece to see return of the Colonels?

by Chris Becker Talk of Grexit seems to be turning into reality as the days and hours go on towards the June 30 deadline. One of the major reforms enacted by Athens was to turn the large deficit into a surplus (admittedly, a surplus sans interest payments), but interestingly one area not touched in the


Greece reaches the end game

by Chris Becker For almost five years, MB has been calling for an inevitable default in Greece, not borne out of bearishness but the realpolitik of the situation that was at hand and has now unfolded. Delusional Economics wrote this earlier in the year as the new Syriza government was installed: Nearly 4 years ago I


Another Greek deadline upon us

From BofAML: The European proposal is asking three times more fiscal measures than what the former Greek government was willing to accept, despite a much lower primary surplus target. The Greek proposal is not specific enough on reforms, while insists on pre-election promises that we believe are unacceptable to the other side—reversing labor market reforms


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The long path to Greek resolution

Courtesy of James Shugg and Sean Callow at Westpac Global Economics: The Eurogroup of finance ministers and central bankers met in Riga last Friday amidst (accurate) speculation that little progress would be made towards reaching an agreement between the Greek government and its creditors on the measures Greece must (re)commit to in order that the long-delayed


Greece folds

Greece blinked first then: Eurogroup statement on Greece The Eurogroup reiterates its appreciation for the remarkable adjustment efforts undertaken by Greece and the Greek people over the last years. During the last few weeks, we have, together with the institutions, engaged in an intensive and constructive dialogue with the new Greek authorities and reached common


Grexit talks break down

From the FT: …A high-stakes meeting of eurozone finance ministers over the future of Greece’s bailout unexpectedly broke down early in deliberations after Athens angrily objected to a proposal that it continue with the terms of its current €172bn bailout, calling it “absurd” and “unacceptable”. The draft text, obtained by the Financial Times, states that


Greece vs Germany death match

Cross-posted from Yves Smith at Naked Capitalism. Even though the US has waded into the Greece versus Troika impasse to press Eurozone officials to soften their position on austerity, the battle lines seem only to get harder. Today, February 11, an emergency meeting of the Eurogroup, a committee of 19 Eurozone finance ministers, officially begins


Why are markets ignoring the Grexit?

From Goldman Sachs: EMU Peripheral Yields Have Decoupled from Greece in Levels … Greek sovereign bond yields have been going up since last September and, since January, the term structure has become inverted. Explaining the divergence with the rest of EMU have been a number of factors including: the approaching end of the ‘troika’ funding


What will a Grexit do to Australia?

There’s no better illustration of the coma cast over markets by central banks right now than Grexit insouciance. Equities are blase and bonds much the same with only small moves higher in peripheral European bond yields. UBS sees breaking this spell as a key step in preventing the worst case outcome: The terms of a