What analysts believe about possible recession in Greece during an election year

Barring extreme scenarios, the Greek economy is not expected to enter a recession in 2023. Or will it? For Greece, numerous analyses predict that in 2023 a strong growth of around 6% will be recorded, and for 2023 close to 2%, while the Eurozone and Germany are entering recession. Recently, there is a major outlook revision for the Eurozone economy. GDP is projected to increase by just 0.5% in 2023 - or even decrease - from 3.1% this year. The IMF estimates that the German economy will shrink by 0.3% in 2023 and the Italian economy by 0.2%.

Greece, so far, seems to have escaped recession due to the structure of the economy (tourism), the Recovery Fund and the relatively greater resilience to the energy crisis. Nevertheless, the concern is there and there are increasing reports of a shallow recession next year. A smaller contraction is also estimated in Greece than in the Eurozone.

Take for example, the last rating report for this year by S&P which gives a positive sign to 2023, but without changing the outlook upwards due to the high uncertainty in international prices. On the other hand, two weeks ago, Fitch predicted a small recession for Greece in 2023.

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Another reason is elections. Market and analysts do not expect any movement from the rating agencies and upgrades are expected in 2023. The national investment grade target is expected to "come" after the elections, with the agencies taking a wait-and-see attitude until the polls, and for the developments - on an economic and political level - throughout Europe.

The government's economic staff are talking about a positive growth rate in 2023 and they estimate that Greece - except in extreme scenarios - will not go into...

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