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Greece is far from a solution to its ongoing fiscal morass. Economist Hans-Werner Sinn outlines how, despite massive financial rescue missions, the Greek economy has deteriorated. He contests Greek arguments that the rescue package went solely to pay off euro-zone creditors and excoriates the government for, among other failures, not implementing the critical structural reforms that would help restore the country’s competitiveness and allow it a reprieve from the crisis. Sinn expertly presents one side of a multifaceted story, but some readers may find his tone, at times, somewhat brusque and dismissive. Though always neutral, getAbstract recommends this dense and detailed analysis to euro watchers everywhere.

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Hans-Werner Sinn is a professor at the University of Munich and president of the Ifo Institute.

 

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The troika of the International Monetary Fund, the European Union and the European Central Bank has, as of late March 2015, allocated Greece credits of €325 billion [approximately $360 billion] to save its tottering economy. But despite the aid package’s kick-start to domestic demand in 2013 and 2014, Greece in 2015 is in recession. Between the first quarters of 2010 and 2015, Greece’s real GDP declined by 21%, and industrial production fell by 10%. Unemployment has soared from 11% to 26% over the same time period; roughly half of young people not in school are out of work. The nation has not made...


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