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The plan

Following a vote in the Cyprus parliament to adopt the Euro, a banker, a government minister, a property developer and a lawyer meet at a restaurant and discuss the plan for the island’s future.

Banks oppose interest rate regulation

A bill aimed at clamping down on banks that profiteer by arbitrarily increasing their margins has been rejected by the banks who argue that it will impede the execution of foreclosure procedures.

False Immovable Property Tax declarations

There is evidence that a property developer has made false Immovable Property Tax declarations to the authorities, which has resulted in his customers receiving IPT notices from the Inland Revenue.

Property prices continue to fall

Residential property prices across Cyprus continued to fall during the second quarter of 2014 with the greatest falls being recorded in Paphos where apartment and house prices fell by 2.8% and 2.1% respectively.

Cypriots are not fools

The government’s attempt to enforce a bad law may turn out to be the straw that broke the camel’s back. Cypriots are not fools and certainly can no longer be fooled by politicians again

Construction sector worst non-payers

Half the businesses in Cyprus are failing to repay their loans, with the construction sector being the worst offender as non-performing loans reached 72 percent in June according to the Central Bank.

Banks to target big borrowers first

Banks in Cyprus will not foreclose on homes belonging to vulnerable groups, the bank association said on Monday, as it sought to allay concerns ahead of a vote on a foreclosures bill at the end of this week.

Immovable Property Tax a malignant tumour

Even though Hasikos claimed that Immovable Property Tax bills would be reduced, the new 2013 valuations will be seen as yet higher indirect taxation in 2015 for ‘high density build’ concrete palaces.

An abominable legacy

The former government under President Christofias left behind an abominable legacy, including a wrecked economy, but can the present government under President Anastasiades do any better?

Pressure on non-performing loan recovery

The troika of international lenders has raised the stakes on the recovery of non-performing by increasing pressure on delinquent borrowers who refuse to service their loans despite having the ability to do so.

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