2011 Greek State Budget Deficit Widens 24% Through July

Remember how the Troika said Greece has its "budget situation" under control, and as such is a worthy recipient of the second €120 billion bailout tranche? Then perhaps they can explain to us how the following makes sense: according to Bloomberg, Greece’s state budget deficit widened to €15.5 billion in the January to end-July period from €12.5 billion euros in the year earlier period, according to an e-mailed statement from the Athens-based Finance Ministry today. So.... after praising the Greek deficit cutting progress, the country comes out and tells everyone it was really only kidding, it kinda sort lied, about its deficit but was more than happy to take European and US capital, and as for collecting taxes, well, they can try it, or at least promise to do so, after bailout #3.