Pensioners march in central Athens on Dec. 15, 2018, during a demonstration to demand the return of pension funds lost as part of austerity measures. Greece will be in for a bumpy 2019.
In many ways, 2018 marked a turning point for Greece. The economy grew by around 2 percent – its strongest expansion in a decade – while unemployment dropped below 20 percent of the active population for the first time since 2011. More importantly, Greece ended its third bailout program, which means that the country's lenders will no longer keep Athens on such a tight leash (although they will retain some degree of oversight). It was also an important year in terms of foreign relations, as the country finally reached a name deal with Macedonia to end decades of bilateral frictions. 2019, however, will be a challenging year for Greece, as the economy still faces significant challenges amid increasing turbulence in its domestic politic scene. Greece might no longer represent an immediate threat to the continuity of the eurozone, but the risk of contagion, especially to other Mediterranean economies, is never...
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