Greek output per head fell by a quarter in the six years following the global financial crisis. It kept falling well after other European countries began to recover…

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Greece has much higher debt and deficit than any other European country…

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It has had real deflation over the last year. When prices fall, there is no incentive for people to buy today – why not wait until tomorrow?

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Meanwhile, Greece has the highest level of unemployment in Europe, at over 25%. One in two young Greeks is unemployed…

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One reason for high unemployment is the cost of labour, which rose in Greece by more than 50% during the 00s, faster than any other country in Europe…

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The Greek government has to pay much more than any other country in Europe to borrow money…

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Greek government bonds are considered riskier and are higher priced than any other European governments’…

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 Its stock market has plummetted by one third in the last 12 months…

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To early 1990s levels…

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The country has been drawing down on its cash reserves since the crisis…

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And the difference between the country’s savings and its investment has yawned…

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 And, the European Central Bank has lent the country enormous sums…

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Published in collaboration with Thomson Reuters Datastream, @ReutersFlasseur and @ReutersGraphics

Author: Mike Hanley is Senior Director, Communications, at the World Economic Forum.

Image: Protesters hold a giant Greek national flag during a demonstration in front of the parliament in Athens February 15, 2015. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis