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Greek Investors Apparently Surprised By Stuff No One Should Be Surprised About

16 minutes agoPolitics / US Politics : Kevin Drum

The latest news from Greece is a bit peculiar: Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told his new cabinet on Wednesday that he would move swiftly to negotiate debt relief, but would not engage in a confrontation with creditors that would jeopardize...Show More Summary

John Helmer: Russia’s and Greece’s Fraught New Friendship

Yves here. John Helmer points out that while Greece needs all the friends it can get right now, Russia is has never been a great ally of Greece,. Another big complicating factor is that Russia already has important commitments to Turkey. Show More Summary

Take the money and run

IF the broader markets still remain fairly sanguine about the election of Syriza, that is certainly not true of investors in Greece itself. The yield on three-year bonds is now up to nearly 17% and Greek bank shares are down 20% today, with the broader stockmarket off 8%. Show More Summary

Greek Shipping Fears Syriza Tax Plan

Will the new government in Greece led by radical-left party Syriza levy higher taxes that the shipping industry can’t afford? A report in WSJ says that several

Greek debt and California debt: so very different

The Times' editorial Tuesday about Greek voters rebelling against the austerity measures demanded by international authorities led several readers to liken Greece's budget problems to those closer to home.

Greece Revolts

3 hours agoNews : Truthdig

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New Greece government ready to toil

Elected Greek decision-makers take office, ready for long-awaited showdown with the Eurozone.

What Are Traders Chatting About This Morning? Greece And The Fed ... (DIA, SPY, QQQ, TLT, GREK, IWM, AAPL)

The market is still impressed with Apple as we wait for the Fed's latest policy announcement at 2:00 pm ET. Via Dave Lutz at JonesTrading, here's a quick guide to what traders are talking about this morning: Good morning! While the S&P...Show More Summary

Here's What's Really Behind Greece's Complicated Relationship With Russia

Back in 2013 the Greek government u nder then prime minister Antonis Samaras was attempting to implement a package of reforms that included the sale of state-owned assets to the private sector. Among these one of the perceived "jewels...Show More Summary

Greek Bank Stocks Are Getting Absolutely Smashed For The Third Day Running

Greece's banks are getting absolutely hammered in trading again today. Just like they did yesterday, and the day before. The Athens stock exchange is down by 3.4%, but tha banks listed on the index are down much further, falling another 10%. They've lost more than a third of their value since Syriza were elected at the weekend. Show More Summary

Strange Socialism

What's going on in Greece is captured perfectly in this Morland cartoon from The Times. Syriza, the big winner in the Greek general election, says that the European Union (EU) should forgive the mountain of debt that Greece has built...Show More Summary

Greek Socialists to Send Lump of Coal to the EU?

(Steven Hayward) Greece has elected a far-left socialist government that plans to dump austerity (and perhaps the Euro currency with it) into the dustbin of history. The socialist government is also likely to harsh some mellows among enviro-socialists who think socialism is the path for saving the planet. Show More Summary

Greece's New Government Is Already Hiking The Minimum Wage And Reversing Privatisation

The incoming government in Athens is already making waves: Greece's minimum wage will be hiked by 10%, from about €680 per month now to over €750. That's according to Syriza's new labour minister, speaking to Greek TV station Skai. It's...Show More Summary

Greek priorities

The new far-left government in Greece dropped a bombshell on its first day in office by abjuring an EU statement on Russia. There is more here, via Anders Aslund.  I guess they don’t have any other European issues they need to spend their political capital on…

Todays PicDump – January 28, 2015

11 hours agoOdd : Off Stuff Magazine

The Hidden Town of Monemvasia, Greece. NYC banned all non emergency vehicles from driving after 11pm A circle of ring tailed lemur Taken during NYC’s storm by a redditor Minneapolis from the top floor of an abandoned mill we were exploring yesterday. What happens when you forget to roll your window up before a snowstorm. […]

Greece Begins The Great Pivot Toward Russia

Ten days ago, before the smashing success of Greece's anti-austerity party, Syriza, we noted that Russia gave Greece a modest proposal: turn your back on Europe, whom you despise so much anyway, and we will assist your farmers by lifting the food import ban. Show More Summary

Will new leftist leader put Greece on collision course with the rest of Europe?

ATHENS — Alexis Tsipras, Greece's new prime minister, took over an official residence stripped of documents, computers and soap. Outgoing conservative leader Antonis Samaras left the safe open and empty Perhaps symbolic, the gestureShow More Summary

Interview by Christina Vasilaki of SYRIZA’s radio stoKokkino? with Eric Toussaint of the CADTM

Posted by SnakeArbusto, 99GetSmart The Troika imposes policies that are destroying social rights in Greece “An audit committee of the Greek debt could show that 80% of the debt required by the troika is illegal,” said Mr. Toussaint on an interview with Christina Vasilaki, stoKokkino`s correspondent in Brussels. Éric Toussaint, Senior Lecturer at the University of Liège, is [...]

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