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Debt Relief Initiatives

Key Issues in the Organization of and Government Intervention in Finance in Developing Countries: Lessons from Recent Experience

by Ylmaz Akyuz

2 February 2013

A fundamental question raised by recurrent fi-nancial crises in mature and emerging econo-mies is how to ensure that the financial markets and institutions serve growth and development rather than being a constant source of instability and disrup-tion in pursuit of self-interest. This is not only a ques-tion of how best to regulate the existing institutions and markets, but also how to restructure and organ-ize them.

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Greece already defaulted on the creditors’ terms; what they fear is default on the debtor’s terms

by Christina Laskaridis

19 May 2012

What is being witnessed in Greece is a full blown example of being trapped in the debtor’s prison of current sovereign debt resolution mechanisms, where creditors are both judge and jury

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Greece: the neo-colonial loan agreement explained

by Leonidas Vatikiotis

2 April 2012

This is a suicidal term, preventing the government from using the legal tools that even the creditor friendly Papademos government activated in order to turn an insufficient voluntary participation to the bond swap into a coercive one.

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We condemn the disinformation campaign on the Greek debt and the rescue plan by private creditors

by Damien Millet, Yorgos and Sonia Mitralias, Eric Toussaint, Renaud Vivien (CADTM)

12 March 2012

For the CADTM, this new plan is a hoax: while claiming to rescue Greece it actually saves the day for private creditors though they are largely responsible for the Greek debt.

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Romania: the next Greece?

by News Agencies

27 June 2010

Romania’s economic evolution remains uncertain and the application of austerity measures announced by the government is a condition for future installments of the loans from EU and IMF,

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Eurozone crisis is self-inflicted

by Mark Weisbrot

28 May 2010

The populations now suffering under EU-imposed austerity must have a real and credible threat of leaving the euro

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Fortalecimiento del Fondo Monetario Internacional y del Banco Mundial: grave amenaza para los pueblos del Sur y del Norte.

por Éric Toussaint, Renaud Vivien y Damien Millet

12 de octubre de 2009

El sistema actual es cada vez más cuestionado, tanto por los países del Sur, como por los movimientos sociales. Dicho sistema se basa en la regla “1 dólar, un voto”, en oposición al sistema de la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas en la que cada país es representado por un solo voto.

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New Report Finds IMF Agreements Have Included Policies That Could Worsen Economic Slowdown in 31 of 41 Countries

by Mark Weisbrot, Rebecca Ray, Jake Johnston, Jose Antonio Cordero and Juan Antonio Montecino.

7 October 2009

A new discussion paper from the Center for Economic and Policy Research finds that 31 of 41 countries
with current International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreements have been subjected to pro-cyclical macroeconomic policies that, during the current global recession, would be expected to have exacerbated economic slowdowns.

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The Bailouts Revisited

by Marty Wolfson

15 September 2009

Who got bailed out and why? Is there any alternative to “Too Big to Fail”? If we want to help the people who are suffering in this crisis and recession, then we should make financial policies with them directly in mind. Just throwing money at the banks will not get the job done.

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The Deflating Economy

by Mike Whitney

13 August 2009

There should be a modest uptick in GDP in either in the 4th quarter 2009 or the 1st quarter 2010. This will mark the end of the current 20 month-long recession, but not the end of the crisis. The blip in growth doesn’t mean that the troubles are over or that the economy is on the way to recovery. It simply means that Obama’s $787 billion fiscal stimulus is beginning to kick in, giving a boost to consumer spending and generating short-term economic activity. Regrettably, when the stimulus runs (...)

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