Greece rattled by ‘hidden debt’ controversy

Greek debt markets have come under fresh assault from hot money funds after a commission of experts in Athens told the country’s parliament that it had uncovered €40bn (£35bn) of “hidden debts” during an investigation into past manipulation by the financial authorities.

Premier George Papandreou said the spike in Greek borrowing costs was “completely unjustified” and lashed out at the rating agencies, which precipitated this crisis by downgrading Greek bonds.

“Greece is at the centre of an unprecedented speculative attack: we cannot be at the mercy of creditors. Despite our tragic mistakes, our fate is today defined by rating agencies that bear responsibility for the ‘bubble’ that led to the global crisis in the first place,” he said.

Telegraph

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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