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Poul Thomsen, director of the International Monetary Fund's European department, on Friday spoke in favor of a broadening Greece's tax base though he stopped short of determining whether the IMF would call for reductions to the tax-free threshold (due to come into effect in January 2020) to apply a year in advance.
Migrants who had been camping out in Thessaloniki's central Aristotelous Square since Thursday were transferred to a state-run reception facility in nearby Diavata by bus on Friday. The sight of migrants at squares in the northern city has become increasingly common amid a spike in arrivals from the Greek-Turkish land border.
Greece achieved a primary surplus that exceeded 3.5 percent of gross domestic product last year, outperforming a target outlined under a financial adjustment programme for a third consecutive year, a government official told Reuters on Friday.
Based on guidelines of its bailout programme, Greece was to achieve a surplus of 1.75 percent in 2017 and 3.5 percent this year and next.
The European Union has no plans to extend Greece's financing program beyond the planned August end date, EU Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said on April 19.
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Turkey said the recent Greek court decision to release Süleyman Özkaynakçı, who sought asylum in Greece, “demonstrates once again that Greece protects coup plotters.”