Greece is falling back into recession at the worst time possible

As fraught negotiations play out in Europe over a Greek bailout, the country has fallen back into recession.


It couldn’t come at a worse time. The country desperately needs cash not just to avoid defaulting on loans but also to prop up its sagging economy. The modest growth of a few quarters ago would have only just begun to dig Greece out of a deep, deep hole: the recession wiped out more than a quarter of GDP since the first quarter of 2008.

Employment has suffered too…


…as have retail sales, which show how hard domestic consumption has been hit.


Whether Greece will get a lifeline from Germany and the rest of its euro zone creditors remains to be seen, but it needs one, and fast.

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