Greece's caretaker Cabinet was sworn in Thursday and will lead the country into next month's election, after a deadlocked vote sparked more political turmoil and brought the country's use of the euro currency into question.
Athens (AFP) - Greek stocks plunged Thursday for a third straight day as the prime minister urged deputies to elect a new president next week and safeguard the country's fragile economic recovery.The Athens general index closed 7.35 percent down, with the top banks losing 5.29 and 13.89 percent.
And just like that the Santa rally is over, if only in Greece where both bonds and stock are tumbling after the third vote for PM Samaras' appointed presidential appointee Stavros Dimas concluded as many had expected: in failure, with 168 Greek lawmakers voting in favor of Dimas, well short of the 180-vote threshold needed. 132 voted against Mr. Dimas. This means that the "worst case" scenario - at least as described by Goldman - is now on deck: a snap general election that could bring the anti-bailout Syriza party to power.
ROME — The front-runner to become Italy’s next prime minister warned Friday of a Greek-style social and economic meltdown unless austerity measures were maintained.
Final rallies in Rome, Naples and Florence ahead of Sunday’s general election brought a flurry of last-minute appeals to a deeply-disillusioned nation.
Polls suggest as many five million Italians have not made up their minds which party to support in the election, which will be held over two days in a country hit by a series of corporate and political scandals.
ATHENS: Greece's leftist cabinet met for the second time in three days on Tuesday to thrash out what concessions to make in cash-for-reform talks with creditors after Athens had to resort to a temporary expedient to make a crucial payment to the IMF. Greek officials said they had emptied an International Monetary Fund holding account to repay 750 million euros to the global lender on Monday, avoiding default but underscoring the dire state of the country's finances.
It's the end of the line for Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou.In a cabinet revolt led by his finance minister, Papandreou was ordered to "leave calmly in order to save his party". He obliged, having no real choice in the matter because otherwise he would have been ousted in a vote of confidence.He may survive the vote, but it will do him no good as part of the agreement.Please consider Greek PM ready to go, dump referendum, for euro deal
While the overnight session has been relatively quiet, the overarching theme has been a simple one: currency warfare, as more of the world wakes up to what the BOJ is doing and doesn't like it. The latest entrants in global warfare: Taiwan, whose central bank overnight said it would step in the FX market if needed, then Thailand, whose currency was weakened on market adjustment according to Prasarn, and of course South Korea, where the BOK said that global currency war spreads protectionism.