24th Oct 2016


Greece ex-statistics chief decries criminal charges

Greece's former statistics chief has told the Financial Times newspaper that EU economic governance will be “critically undermined” if officials like himself “cannot keep accurate statistics without fear of being dragged … through the courts”. Andreas Georgiou faces a criminal trial on charges of harming the national interest. In 2009, he reported that Greece’s true deficit was 15.4% of GDP, not 13.6%, prompting the debt crisis.

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