I wanted to have a look at Greek's data to have an idea of the debt crisis' impact on various indicators.
So those sources says that debt is growing on the last few years :
Date Debt Debt (%GDP) Debt Per Capita 2018 334,721 181.20% 31,217€ 2017 317,484 176.20% 29,558€ 2016 315,009 178.50% 29,254€
So far so good, but on the deficit side, the data says that they are generating a surplus since 2016 :
Date Deficit (M.€) Deficit (%GDP) 2018 1,826 1.00% 2017 1,299 0.70% 2016 858 0.50% 2015 -9,953 -5.60%
So my question is the following, how can the government debt rise (especially in 2018) while the government is generating surplus instead of deficits?
I suspect some variations in the accounting definition of the national debt, but I don't find any publication supporting this (so if that's the case, I'd be happy to have them and to know where to find them).