Eurobank: Sold for next to nothing

After the passage of the omnibus law that allowed the bank to be privatized at a loss to the Greek state

The impending giveaway of Eurobank was completed yesterday with the selection of a group of strategic investors by the Canadian company Fairfax. It will be the first bank that will be privatized at a huge loss to the state. Taxpayers paid over 7 billion euros for 93.5% of Eurobank and now the Hellenic Financial Stability Fund is selling 66% for a total of only 2.86 billion euros. 


A dramatic drop in the cost of borrowing

Interest rates on T-Bills fall impressively

For the first time in the past decades, according to the Public Debt Management Agency in a report sent to parliament, the public debt will reverse its trend and will fall, both as an absolute number and as a percentage of GDP

The messages from the borrowing front are particularly positive. After the successful issuance of 5-year bonds with a relatively low interest rate, a drastic reduction in the interest rate on T-Bills was observed. In yesterday’s issuance of three month T-Bills, the interest rate fell to 2.45% which is the lowest rate in 50 months. 


Deutsche Bank: the lack of liquidity in the market is choking Greek companies

The situation for domestic business is tragic, as revealed by Deutsche Bank which says that 53% of companies are grappling with a lack of liquidity while it estimates that this year the Greek economy will grow by 1%. 


The big trick with Bulgarian license plates

Greeks set up shell companies in the neighboring country in order to avoid high taxes on big cars

The number of Greek businesses in Bulgaria is constantly on the rise: according to official data by the end of 2013 there were a total of 9,000, up from 6,000 in 2012, or a 50% increase.These companies are by and large shell companies and were created with the sole aim of buying a car with a large engine [which are heavily taxed in Greece].


Good and bad marks for 50 higher education institutions

The conclusions from an assessment performed by foreign professors

  • Athens Law School: Students do not have easy access to professors
  • Patras Mathematical School: An unwillingness to implement the law for the ‘eternal’ students
  • Crete Medical School: The medical school changed the landscape of clinical care on the island
  • Thessaloniki Law School: Excellent teaching staff, an impressive number of publications

The advantages and weaknesses of the top universities and departments in the country have been catalogued in reports by renowned foreign researchers. In the negative column are the large numbers of students, party politics and bureaucracy.