Greek government-debt crisis
SYRIZA's Zoe Constantopoulou was on Friday elected as Greece's second female parliamentary speaker, with a record number of 235 votes.
By Elis Kiss
While a tie-less politician was hardly breaking news in Greece this week, Costas Karamanlis?s relaxed appearance at the Parliament?s swearing-in ceremony created some buzz on Thursday. The former premier is a conservative, after all, while the no-tie credo rightfully belongs to the ruling leftist SYRIZA party.
By Sophie Sassard
Soon after politicians from left-wing SYRIZA party won power in Greece they said they had hired Lazard to advise them on restructuring their debt.
It is a homecoming of sorts for the US investment bank. Lazard cemented its position as the eminence grise of debt negotiations when it secured the biggest restructuring deal in history for Athens in 2012.
The 40-minute meeting that was held on Thursday between Bank of Greece governor Yannis Stournaras and Deputy Prime Minister Yannis Dragasakis focused mainly on the European Central Bank's decision to stop accepting Greek state bonds as collateral from February 11 onwards and the possible consequences of this development for Greece.