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The ballooning Cyprus fiasco

Troika inspectors are swarming over Cyprus to find out how much money the banks would need to deal with their putrefying balance sheets, and how much the government would need to stay afloat.

Government approves first ever land swap deal

An unprecedented land swap deal involving the exchange of property between Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot owners of land in the north and south of the island has been approved by the government.

Banks and government destroying property market

The banks and the government have joined the band of ‘crooks’ masquerading as property developers and estate agents who seem intent on destroying the Island’s once thriving property market and its reputation.

Russia and Cyprus close to loan deal

Finance Minister Vassos Shiarly has refused to speculate on Russian media reports that Russia is close to agreeing a loan deal worth 5 billion Euros with Cyprus to prevent it seeking an EU bailout.

Moody’s pushes Cyprus deeper into junk status

Moody’s has downgraded Cyprus government bond ratings two notches pushing it deeper into junk status on fears that Greece will leave the Eurozone and placed the ratings on review for further possible downgrade.

Government steps in to shore up Popular Bank

The government has agreed to underwrite a 1.8 billion Euro share capital increase by the Island’s second largest bank, the Cyprus Popular Bank, to help it recapitalize and meet EU Banking Authority capital requirements.

Popular bank may need government bailout

The Cyprus government may have to pump up to 2.5 billion Euros into the Popular Bank to cover its losses resulting from the write-down on its holdings of Greek Government bonds according to newspaper reports.

Corruption in Cyprus at all levels says former minister

Cyprus’ former finance minister, Charilaos Stavrakis, has said that Cyprus is a small country and one can see that some people who entered politics poor have subsequently become very rich.

Casino revenues could help fill government coffers

The Finance Ministry has prepared a proposal for licensing a number of high-quality casinos in Cyprus, according to documents presented by the Greek-language newspaper Politis.

Cyprus Government debt reached 67.5% in Q3 2011

Government debt in Cyprus increased to 67.5% of the Island’s GDP at the end of the third quarter of 2011 according to a press release issued yesterday by Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the EU.

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