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Cyprus future bleaker

After a chaotic month in which Cyprus was pushed to the brink of default and a possible exit from the euro zone, Cypriots knew things would get bad. But not this bad.

india Updated: Apr 12, 2013 23:30 IST

After a chaotic month in which Cyprus was pushed to the brink of default and a possible exit from the euro zone, Cypriots knew things would get bad. But not this bad.

According to a bleak assessment released on Thursday by its European partners, Cyprus will fall into a downward spiral for at least the next two years, with the economy shrinking up to 12.5% during the period as the country reduces a banking sector that had ballooned to over five times its gross domestic product.

And because the economy will do worse than expected, Cyprus must soon raise €13 billion ($17 billion) — nearly twice the amount the government thought it would have to come up with just a month ago — to keep its debt and deficit from spinning out of control and to meet the terms of a €10 billion ($13.1 billion) bailout secured last month by newly elected president Nicos Anastasiades.

“In the short run, the economic outlook remains challenging,” the European Commission report said.
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