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...Greece's debt to GDP was 110% in mid 2009, so if the problems were known internally, they were actually known by everyone, including Papandreou, prior to that. Why? Because Greece's debt to GDP has been at 100-105% for over two decades now. No surprise that it moved slightly up during a global economic crisis.

I thought it much too convenient that Papandreou blamed the previous gov't. of course they were at fault--for a lot of corruption. But so was the Simitis gov't prior to that.

The charge that Greece misrepresented its books to Eurostat--and therefore investors--was also largely a fraud. Why? Read the January 8, 2010 report on Greece that's available from Eurostat right on the front page. Greece gave bad statistics to Eurostat yearly. Because Greece's government ministers were lax in rounding up the necessary information--presumably in order to maintain their interests in the ministries. But this doesn't mean accurate data was not reported at the end of the year. Indeed, Eurostat sent teams of accountants to Greece--something the report describes with much perturbation--and after a lot of work, they came up with accurate numbers for Greece. At the end of every year. Eurostat continues to do this to this day. So while the Greek gov't was horrid with numbers, it is NOT accurate to say that investors and the EU were not apprised of the state of Greek debt. And if the Eurostat numbers were wrong during the entire decade, then they are doubly wrong now, because the revisions showed a jump from an average around 100% from 2000-2009 to 115% in 2010.

In other words, investors should not scream fraud. Indeed, EUROSTAT and PIMCO has issued warnings about the state of Greek debt all through the decade. PIMCO hasn't bought Greece since 2006.

by Upstate NY on Mon Jun 6th, 2011 at 06:07:00 PM EST
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