DIW Berlin Institute head predicts Greek debt ‘haircut’ in 2018

31 January 2018
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The head of the influential DIW Berlin Institute was quoted this week as saying he predicts a “haircut” of the Greek debt this year, in fact.

Marcel Fratzscher added, nevertheless, that a more “non-threatening” term, such as “restructuring”, will be used instead of the politically sensitive “haircut”.

His statements were carried in the jungundnaiv.de site, which caters to teenagers and young people on the German-language internet, and often broaches political issues with a lighter, alternative style.

“Often times (bailout) conditions were applied that significantly harmed people …Mistakes were made on this point,” he admitted, while adding:

“…on the other hand, many correct things were done … it was absolutely correct that loans were extended under the condition that reforms were implemented …considering that if the economy recovers then people will find work,” Fratzscher said, pointing to a significant improvement in previously creaky tax-collection mechanisms in Greece, among others.

DIW is one of the leading economic research institutes and think tanks in Europe.

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