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Ricardo Giucci

Head of the German Advisory Group in Ukraine

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Eastern promises: The IMF-Ukraine bailout

Ukraine is in a dire economic situation. In 2013, its twin deficits – which have persisted for several years – reached a new record. The budget deficit increased to about 8 percent of GDP and the current account deficit reached almost 9 percent of GDP. Economic growth has been practically zero in the last two years. Access to foreign capital markets is closed. And the hryvnia devalued by about 20 percent in the first two months of this year.

By: Ricardo Giucci and Georg Zachmann Topic: Macroeconomic policy Date: March 27, 2014