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Monday, 9 March 2015

GREECE: Eurogroup Meeting 9 March 2015; Related News, Updates and Media Reactions



Twenty minute discussion about Greece: "two weeks wasted" on who meets where, with whom -"complete waste of time" (as shown on EbS Q-and-A Press Conference)

Cartoon, Ilias Makris, Kathimerini

Warning (Kathimerini) - Jeroen Dijsselbloem

Misuse of Media? Kathimerini

On the German media reaction, iefimerida

"Ενδεικτικό είναι το δημοσίευμα του Der Spiegel που κάνει λόγο για «ευρωπαϊκή οργή έναντι της Ελλάδας». Όπως σημειώνει το γερμανικό περιοδικό, «η υπομονή των εταίρων έναντι της ελληνικής κυβέρνησης και του κ. Βαρουφάκη ειδικότερα έχει εξαντληθεί. Και όλα αυτά την ώρα που ο χρόνος μετρά πλέον αντίστροφα». Η κριτική που ασκείται εστιάζει σε δυο κυρίως σημεία: αφενός στο ότι χάθηκε πολύτιμος χρόνος, συγκεκριμένα γίνεται λόγος για δύο «χαμένες εβδομάδες», και αφετέρου στις απειλές που διατυπώθηκαν από την ελληνική πλευρά τις τελευταίες μέρες περί κύματος προσφύγων που μπορεί να φτάσει στο Βερολίνο".

Spiegel Online - EU-Frust über Griechenland: "Es war komplette Zeitverschwendung"

Die Zeit: On the brink of a catastrophe - Am Rande der Katastrophe

Yahoo /AFP- "Germany insists on troika in Greece bailout talks"

Bloomberg report - Euro Area Pushes Greece to Open Books as Talks Resume

From Reuters

Reuters 2  - Varoufakis unsettles Germans with admission Greece won't repay debts

Reuters 3 - Is the ECB being unfair to Greece? Hugo Dixon

Greece "not a protectorate", Kathimerini

Athens threatens to seize German assets

Germany refuses

RT report -'Nikos Paraskevopoulos said he was “ready to approve” a Greek Supreme Court ruling in 2000 that would allow the appropriation of assets belonging to Germany’s archaeological school and the Goethe Institute'.

Nick Malkoutzis, Macropolis - "One of the EU’s founding fathers, Jean Monnet, spoke of his desire to unite men, not form a coalition of states. Now is the time for these men to step forward".

Greek "alternative reality"

BBC report

Schaeuble: doorstep questions before Eurogroup meeting (video)

Noonan

Kathimerini Live Updates - Λιγότερο από είκοσι λεπτά κράτησε η συζήτηση για την Ελλάδα

Guardian Live Updates

Peter Spiegel blog

Press conference question about 10.9 million Euros HSFS bonds needs further explanation

Here it is  - Greek News Agenda : "The European Stability Mechanism (ESM) yesterday (10.03) approved the transfer of €555 million from the Hellenic Financial Stability Fund (HFSF) to the Greek state. The HFSF is a bank rescue vehicle that was used to recapitalize its main lenders. The country’s four top banks - National, Piraeus, Eurobank and Alpha - handed over this money in commissions following their recapitalization. The HFSF discussed the issue with the ESM over the weekend, agreeing that it is up to the Greek government to decide when it withdraws the sum. The HFSF, funded by the country's EU-IMF bailout with €50 billion, recapitalized lenders with European EFSF bonds, which banks can still use as collateral for direct funding from the European Central Bank".

Regling remarks

Telegraph

More from Telegraph

New York Times

Hugo Dixon, Reuters blog

Business Insider

Athens Voice

The Telegraph (hard to credit this report)

The Independent (it appears to be true)

Gathering storm (Mignatiou)

EU Officials head for Athens (Kathimerini)

Concern over released migrants

Varoufakis (after the meeting)

Avgi, in English and Greek - Γ. Βαρουφάκης: Αν τους αρέσει τόσο η τρόικα να τους τη στείλουμε, εμείς, δεν θα την έχουμε ποτέ

Over-exposure? The Guardian

Liquidity fears (Kathimerini)

Stereotypes? BBC

Lafazanis: Radical Opposition to Some Privatizations

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