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Without significant reform Greek bailout talks will not save country from stagnation


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Prof Philip Booth comments on the FSA's recent announcement

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Mark Littlewood comments on remarks made by David Cameron

Prof Philip Booth comments on the latest bailout talks

Commenting on the latest Greek bailout talks, Prof Philip Booth, Editorial Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said:

“Even if Greece reaches agreement regarding its borrowing, it is highly likely to default beyond the agreements that have already been reached with creditors.

“Greece’s position inside the euro is both unstable, and destabilising for the eurozone more generally. EU governments are merely trying to put off the exit of Greece from the eurozone for which they are ill-prepared.

“As such, the discussions regarding labour market reforms in Greece are less important for the eurozone and IMF than they are for Greece itself. If Greece is unable to reform its economy then, whether inside or outside the eurozone, the result will be stagnation and impoverishment for a generation.”

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