19.03.2013: Cyprus, the EU, Russia and the bailout

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The New Files open live in Athens and Nicosia as the Cypriot political leaders are trying to find a plan B to the Eurogroup's plan to save the Cypriot economy by bailing-in two of its banks. In Athens Alexis Papahelas hosts former Greek government Vice President Theodoros Pangalos and prominent Greek left leader and former SYRIZA head Alekos Alavanos, who is currently launching a new anti-Euro and pro-drachma political group under the title "Plan B". The New Files' Sofia Papaioannou reports from Nicosia with exclusive interviews of political leaders and sits down with the former President of Cyprus who's credited with introducing the Cypriot economy to the Euro. In addition, Alexis Papahelas speaks to Cypriot nobel laureate and prominent LSE economist Christopher Pissarides from China, Chief Economist of the Russian Standard Bank in Moscow, close Merkel associate and Chairman of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs Elmar Brok in Germany and Director of the Centre for European Policy Studies Daniel Gros in Brussels. In a Greece exclusive, Alexis Papahelas also talks to Cyprus government Spokesman Christos Stylianides from within the Cyprus Presidential Palace, where an important meeting between Cyprus political leaders is underway.           

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The New Files open live in Athens and Nicosia as the Cypriot political leaders are trying to find a plan B to the Eurogroup's plan to save the Cypriot economy by bailing-in two of its banks. In Athens Alexis Papahelas hosts former Greek government Vice President Theodoros Pangalos and prominent Greek left leader and former SYRIZA head Alekos Alavanos, who is currently launching a new anti-Euro and pro-drachma political group under the title "Plan B". The New Files' Sofia Papaioannou reports from Nicosia with exclusive interviews of political leaders and sits down with the former President of Cyprus who's credited with introducing the Cypriot economy to the Euro. In addition, Alexis Papahelas speaks to Cypriot nobel laureate and prominent LSE economist Christopher Pissarides from China, Chief Economist of the Russian Standard Bank in Moscow, close Merkel associate and Chairman of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs Elmar Brok in Germany and Director of the Centre for European Policy Studies Daniel Gros in Brussels. In a Greece exclusive, Alexis Papahelas also talks to Cyprus government Spokesman Christos Stylianides from within the Cyprus Presidential Palace, where an important meeting between Cyprus political leaders is underway.