Political Briefing #10/2016

POLITICS & POLICY

Greece – Debt crisis: First review

Greece and its lenders must present a first evaluation of the country’s reforms. In order to continue to receive aid, a positive assessment is fundamental for Greece. The country expects the assessment to be ready at the end of February. In the meantime, however, the country’s stock market has fallen by 8% on Monday since public opinion thought that the bailout review was facing some difficulties.

Source: Ekathimerini, 9/02/2016

Italy – EU bonding: Online questionnaires

In order to tighten the relationship between the 28 EU member states, Italy has decided to launch an online initiative where Italian people will be able “to express their say”. Together with Germany and France, Italy is part of those EU nations trying to work on closer integration. The questionnaire asks EU citizens how the union could be improved and how they believe current crises should be addressed.

Source: The local, 9/02/2016

Greece – Pension reforms: Motorway blockade

Protests against the pension reform continue in Greece. On Tuesday, farmers split the country in two by creating a blockade around the main north-south motorway. By obstructing the traffic, farmers hope to force Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to reevaluate its pension reform plans. Following demands by its creditors, besides lowering maximum pension incomes, the government has also removed benefits such as cheaper fuel in order to cut costs by 1.8 bn euros.

Source: Ekathimerini, 9/02/2016


THE STATEMENT

“A clueless political personnel, in denial of the systemic nature of the crisis, is pursuing policies akin to carpet-bombing the economy of proud European nations in order to save them”.

Yanis Varoufakis, former Greek finance minister

Source: Portugal resident, 9/02/2016


NUMBERS

4.4%

The percentage by which Slovenia’s exports increased in 2015.

Source: Sta, 9/02/2016

95

The million euros allocated by the European Commission to Hungary for upgrading a road near Lake Balaton.

Source: Bbj, 9/02/2016


Photo credits CC: Marc Lozano


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