Greece to be tested this week on economic progress

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Greece’s austerity drive may pass its first test this week as a European Union-led mission prepares to dole out more rescue funds for a government trying to cut the euro-region’s second-biggest budget gap and weather a recession.

In approving the second tranche of a three-year, 110 billion-euro ($145 billion) bailout, the EU and International Monetary Fund are likely praise Greece’s progress and say that more work is needed to lock in the gains, economists said. Greece is battling the highest inflation rate in the 27-nation EU, revenue is trailing targets and the EU and IMF forecast the economy will shrink as much as 4 percent this year.


Full story: Greece Passes First Deficit-Reduction Test as Budget Challenges Increase – Bloomberg