The end of the Greek bailout program: What comes next?

Greece GDP annual growth rate 2008-2018
Greece’s GDP is now growing at a rate of about 2%, but that is still far too slow for the country to get back on track (source: macpixxel for GIS)
  • Greece is still unable to pay off its debt
  • Forcing it to do so would backfire, causing a default and fostering populism
  • Cancelling the debt would make the most economic sense, but …
  • The EU would be criticized for bailing out Greece merely to avoid Grexit

The Greek bailout saga that began in 2010 is due to come to an end in August. In theory, this means that international organizations – primarily the European Union – will disburse no further resources to sustain the Greek economy and its public finances. Instead, Greece will have to start thinking about how to reimburse its foreign debt, some 320 billion euros of which consist of the funds handed out by international creditors since the relief program took off.

However, most observers believe that Greece is unable to meet its creditors’ requests even though some structural reforms have been implemented and the economy is no longer in tatters.

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