22 May 2015

Why Greece is different

Daniel Gros

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With Greece’s economy tanking again, the country’s government is convinced that it is the victim of the wrong treatment in the form of excessive austerity and is calling for a renegotiation of the bailout deal it made with its international creditors. In Daniel Gros’ view, however, this narrative overlooks the fact that the approach worked in other peripheral countries: Portugal, Ireland, Spain and even Cyprus, are all visibly recovering. As he points out in this CEPS Commentary, it was their strong export performance which allowed these countries to escape the austerity trap and he accordingly urges Greece’s policy-makers to focus their attention on stimulating exports rather than only discussing the budget.

Daniel Gros is Director of CEPS. This commentary was also published by Project Syndicate, 13 May 2015, and syndicated to newspapers and journals worldwide ((www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/greece-export-problem-by-daniel-gros-2015-05). It is republished here with the kind permission of Project Syndicate.