A testimony from Greece
«My name is Gerry, I am 36 years old and I live in Corfu, in Greece. Here in our country the situation is critical: now we can’t do the lifestyle of few years ago by austerity measures, the unemployment has been above 20% and is increasing the number of homeless.
The middle class no longer exists, there are only the super rich tax evaders with offshore accounts and the lower class that strives to pay additional taxes. The worst thing is that now there is no hope in young people and the atmosphere is very dark. These are facts that affect the whole population, with the new austerity measures recently approved it goes from bad to worse. Just think of the pay cut at least 20%.»
I read about what’s new austerity plan, but why the government does not make a serious fight against tax evasion affecting especially those who have money abroad?
«Since the money of these people is not situated in Greek banks, the government can’t do much (or maybe they just don’t want). So much so that then to pay taxes are the small businesses, the public sector and private sector.
But more disconcerting is the fact that the EU has no interest in tracking down the offshore accounts because they are precisely the companies that evade to do business with companies and industries in Germany and UK.
It’s easy to blame the workers in the public or to the Greeks who do not pay taxes, but the problem has deep roots in the euro area and in the financial constitution.»
«I work in the private sector as a manager and my wife as an independent art restorer, so we have never been employees of the State. Over the past three years the Ministry of Culture refused to grant any contract. So now she works only for private clients and some churches. Now she earn 25% less than it earned a few years ago, although the fees and the cost of living (supermarkets, petrol, electricity, etc.) increased by at least 20%.»
And how do you think that the economy of Europe and Greece can restart? Do you think that Eurobonds are a possible solution or do you think the euro is going to disappear?
«The Eurobonds are only part of the solution obviously necessary. The issuance of Eurobonds will give an extra boost to the development, allowing you to restart the economy of countries in the Euro zone and to reduce unemployment through the “fresh money” in the markets entered, exactly as happened in the U.S.
The main EU treaties have to change, to include solidarity to all countries. Solidarity means that all countries have their share of profits and not just debts.
Of course I’m not an economic analyst, but it seems to serve only common sense to understand that the continuing austerity plans will not help the Greece to get back on his feet.»
Ψηφίζουν το θάνατο της Ελλάδας. Θέλω να τους κοιτάζω στα μάτια όταν θα ψηφίζουν.
They are voting for the death of greece. I want to look at them in the eyes when they will be voting.
«The Greeks, like Italians, are not as lazy as some stereotypes suggest. In reality, we work much more of our northern neighbors. We were the first to invent the culture and democracy, surely one day will restore both.»
Greetings from Corfu.