Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Greek people bleeding and the crazy fairytales of the European media.

Today I heard a dutch housemate of mine saying that in Greece people retire at the age of 53 already.

Thanks to the media, mostly in Germany and Netherlands, North Europeans have an illusionary idea of the situation in Greece. They think that people retire at the age of 55 and get lots of extra salaries (16 I heard!!!) and have paradisal pensions. I also heard that there were 30 gym teachers on an island with 7 students. In that case of course they refuse to help financially.

However, the Greek situation is actually tragic:
- Greek people retire on average at the age of 61.5 and that's just above the EU average!
- The minimum Greek pension is 350 euros, the average Greek pension is 540 euros and 80% of the pensioners get a pension lower than 1000 euros.
- The salaries in Greece are 14 per year like the rest of Europe (were actually, since 1/5/2010 they are only 12).
- In each class in a Greek school there are 30 (sometimes more) pupils. And no teacher wants to go teach on an island. There are actually islands without schools and the pupils have to take the boat every day (imagine a winter storm in the sea) to go to school at another island.

My father will have 25% reduction in his pension and no raise for the next 3 (probably 5) years. The gasoline costed less than 1 euro per litre last year and now it costs more than 1.5 euros per litre. The VAT is now 23% (1 year ago it was 19%).

The Greek people are bleeding and the German and Dutch media have no respect for that! Instead they spread criminal lies and try to manipulate the Dutch and German population against the aid to Greece.

What aid?! When you borrow with 3% interest and you lend to Greece with 5% interest you make a profit of 2%!! That's not aid, that's an investment!

My fathers money go into your pockets and you still complain about it for God's sake!!!

PS: somebody also told me that probably the European countries that will help Greece will never ask those money back. I guess if that was the case, Greece wouldn't have the problem of the national debt in the first place, would it? I don't know any creditor that forgot to ask his money back...

PS2: For those who say that Greeks are lazy, I copy from wikipedia:

"Annual growth of Greek GDP has surpassed the respective levels of most of its EU partners.[32]
The Greek labor force totals 4.9 million, and it is the second most industrious between OECD countries, after South Korea.[34] The Groningen Growth & Development Centre has published a poll revealing that between 1995 and 2005, Greece ranked third in the working hours per year ranking among European nations; Greeks worked an average of 1,811 hours per year[35].
In 2007, the average worker made around 20 dollars per hour, similar to Spain and slightly more than half of average U.S. hourly income."


Alexander said...

Yes, it's pity that the Greeks work so hard but this doesn't translate to a flourishing economy. It's a great country with a lot of potential but unfortunately some bad habits, like tax evasion and corruption have brought the situation to this tragic indeed stage. Every crisis is an opportunity, they say. So good luck with fixing the broken. Pity it has to be the hard way. :(

yasmine said...

I was born in Greece and also partly raised there. It hurts to see the media completely taking advantage of the horrible situation... they just dont understand the Greeks and their nature, the way they have to get their money, as you said, their pension is very low compared to here.. I just hope everything will turn out great, the helping countries should first stop talking bullshit about our country, Greece! They don't know a thing, nearly everything told in the media about this crisis is based on a bunch of lies...

My best wishes go out to my fellow Greek people. Love to all.