Greece to Exit Recession in 2014

Greece has predicted that it will emerge from its six-year long recession next year, in a sign it may be finally recovering from its debt crisis.

The Greek government made the forecast in a first draft of its 2014 budget, which predicted 0.6% growth.

“We foresee the end of recession in 2014,” vice finance minister Christos Staikouras said.

Greece will submit a final budget in November.

Greece’s economy has shrunk by 23% since 2008, and it has been dependent on rescue loans from other European Union countries and the International Monetary Fund since 2010.

So far, it has received 240bn euros (£206bn) in loans from the “troika” of international lenders – the European Commission, European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

via BBC

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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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