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.
At long last, everyone is willing to wave the white flag on a Greece exit from the eurozone. Please consider German Vice Chancellor ‘Very Skeptical’ Greece Can Be Rescued.
German Vice Chancellor Philipp Roesler said he’s “very skeptical” that European leaders will be able to rescue Greece and the prospect of the country’s exit from the euro had “lost its terror.”
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.
The eye of the hurricane over Southeast Europe may soon be shifting, exposing Greece to the same 150 mph gale turmoil everyone has grown to love and expect over the past three years as soon as this month, when a new proposal by Greece is due on how to cut a massive 150,000 public sector jobs: a move which will result in an immediate surge in public unrest, and an exponential jump in strike activity. As Bloomberg reports, "Greece is locked in talks with international creditors in Athens about shrinking the government workforce by enough to keep bailout payments flowing.
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
Inquiring minds might be wondering what is the best way forward for Greece. To some extent, the question is akin to asking "would you prefer to lose a one hand and one eye or your left leg?"
I have been thinking about the Greece "least bad" question for quite some time, but what brought about this post is a "by the editors" article on Bloomberg.