Stournaras: Interest Rate Increases Could Be Gradual

ATHENS – Interest rate increases could be gradual, Yannis Stournaras, the governor the Bank of Greece said on Monday. Addressing a seminar by the National Buraeu of Economic Research hosted by BoG, Stournaras said that the normalization policy of the European Central Bank (the termination of bond purchase programmes and an increase of interest rates) was a necessity following the rise in the inflation rate. However, he noted that this monetary policy adjustment towards normality could be gradual.

The central banker said that the ECB last week expressed its determination to deal with the tighter funding conditions and the risk of market fragmentation. He reiterated that the ECB will be flexible in the re-investment of bonds included in the PEPP portfolio in order to preserve the smooth transmision of monetary poicy throughout the Eurozone in the framework of ECB’s mandate for price stability. He said that the European Central Bank was also examining the creation of new tool to deal with any phenomena of bond market fragmentation in the eurozone.


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NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

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PHILADELPHIA – The Federation of Hellenic Societies of Philadelphia and Greater Delaware Valley announced that the Evzones, the Presidential Guard of Greece will be participating in the Philadelphia Greek Independence Day Parade on March 20.


Mission…to Alonnisos, a TNH Documentary

O oceanic you sing and sail White on your body and yellow on your chimeneas For you're tired of the filthy waters of the harbors You who loved the distant Sporades You who lifted the tallest flags You who sail clear through the most dangerous caves Hail to you who let yourself be charmed by the sirens Hail to you for never having been afraid of the Symplegades (Andreas Empeirikos)   What traveler has not been fascinated by the Greek islands, drawn by the Sirens’ song of a traveler’s dreams? TNH and our video show ‘Mission’ marked the change of the season by transporting viewers into the heart of summer.

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