Greek Crisis in Perspective: Origins, Effects and Ways-Out
In 2011 the Euro faced its toughest challenge since its introduction as several of the participating Member States faced unprecedented financial problems. Greece was the most severe case requiring intervention from the EU and IMF to stabilize its economy and repay debt obligations. This article explains the debt process in Greece from the 1980s to date, and describes its main causes and episodes. It also assesses the IMF-EU Memorandum and argues that the collapse of growth inhibits the prospects of debt stabilization. An alternative scenario is discussed showing that stabilization can become more effective and realistic if recession is tackled first and reforms follow on a steadier path.
KeywordsDebt Fiscal deficits External balances Crisis Eurozone Greece
JEL ClassificationsH60 H61
I have benefited from various comments by V. Sarantides and A. Ntantzopoulos and I am also thankful to participants in a LSE seminar on an earlier version of the paper.
Disclaimer Views expressed in this article are solely those of the author, without implicating or representing any other person or organization.
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