Troubled euro zone states emerge from crippling crisis
Athens, which obtained international aid worth 240 billion euros, hopes to exit the massive rescue program in 2016.
It expects a return to growth this year after six years of recession. However, its public debt remains stubbornly high, reaching 177 percent of output in 2013.
Thursday’s successful medium-term bond issue was highly symbolic as it is Greece’s first call for private investors since the beginning of the debt crisis in 2010.
Ireland became the first bailed-out eurozone state to exit its international rescue package worth 85 billion euros in mid-December 2013.