Thursday, November 3, 2011

PM Papandreou: Biting the Hand that Feeds Him

The world collectively let out a sign of relieve when the news broke that an agreement was reached to resolve the faltering Greece economy. The Eurozone Finance Ministers gathered in Brussels to discuss the Greek debt problem, fully aware that the political and economic impact reaches well beyond the Eurozone. The US market responded to the news closing in positive territory after two days of three digit losses. We were barely able to process the news when word began to circulate about the seemingly ungrateful Prime Minister , had decided to conduct a referendum vote for the bailout proposal, and – to add insult-to-injury, the PM George Papandreou was contemplating leaving the Euro zone.

Just days away from defaulting on its debt, at a 160% of its GDP, you can only imagine the what was going through Sarkozy and Merkel’s heads. As was said to be Greece preparing to conduct a vote on the bail-out resolution, the dynamic duo (Sarkozy and Merkel) reacted to the new, and administered intense pressure for PM George Papandreou to make a swift decision as to Greece’s fate with the EU. Political pressure from around the world forced George Papandreou abandon the idea of conducting a bailout vote.

As details concerning the highly anticipated bailout program began to emerge, analysts and economist wasted no time weighing in. To attempt an overly simplified description, In order to dig Greece of its financial hole, the member Banks will also have to take on some of the losses, along with bond holders, who will be contacted as to how deep the losses will be. I will research the detail of the bailout plan what is said to aid Greece to reduce its growth-to-debt ratio from 140% to 120% by 2010.

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K. Reilly
The Cohn-Reilly Report

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