Acclaimed American economist, Nobel laureate and New York Times columnist, Paul Krugman, was in Athens to deliver a lecture entitled "Europe: What next?" (17.4) as part of the Megaron Plus events taking place in the Greek capital’s Concert Hall, focusing on Europe’s future and economic developments through the period of crisis and austerity policies.

The President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos received Krugman the next day (18.4) at the presidential mansion, and during their meeting reiterated his conviction that Greece will remain in the European Union and the eurozone. The President  praised Krugman for his contribution to efforts dealing with the global economic crisis with arguments dispelling the myth of so-called 'growth via austerity'. Krugman was also received by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at government headquarters, in Maximos Mansion.

Speaking to the press, Krugman argued once more against the austerity measures imposed on Greece, but advised against exiting the euro, which could have "nightmarish" results. 

Krugman noted that Greece had undergone major fiscal consolidation in the last five years, making huge sacrifices, but that primary surplus must henceforth be achieved through structural reforms, not additional austerity. He further noted that some of lenders’ demands for structural reforms were "just demands for more austerity," and disputed that progress in the Greek economy was the result of fiscal austerity.