Survey Says! Germans Most Respected, Greeks Least Respected



A protest poster depicting German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a Nazi uniform. (REUTERS)

ATHENS –  As Greeks prepare to commit political suicide at the June 17 elections – a bullet in the head courtesy of the New Democracy Capitalists – PASOK Anti-Socialists who created the economic crisis and favor more austerity, or the guillotine being set up by the dangerous demagogues of the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) and its charmless leader, Alexis Tsipras, who wants to go back to the drachma – blame everyone else for their problems, especially the Germans and Chancellor Angela “The Dominatrix” Merkel.

She has insisted on the pay cuts, tax hikes, and slashed pensions put forth by the Troika of the European Union-International Monetary Fund-European Central Bank (EU-IMF-ECB) in return for $325 billion in two bailouts to keep the country’s dead economy on life support. It’s that way because New Democracy and PASOK took turns the last 36 years packing payrolls with their cronies in return for votes, creating a bottom-heavy economy with $460 billion in debt they want someone else to pay, and bring them back to power for another crack at ruination.

Merkel has been portrayed as a taskmaster, Nazi, villain and cracking the whip on Greeks, who portray themselves the chronic victims of international conspiracies and see themselves as hard-working, incorruptible and who just like to take eight-hour breaks during the day to enjoy the sun, coffee, and a few thousand cigarettes.

The mirror is broken. A survey by the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan Washington, D.C.-based think tank, of eight European Union (EU) countries, also including Britain, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Poland and the Czech Republic, showed Germans are seen as the hardest working and least corruptible and that Madame Merkel gets high marks for crisis management while Greece is alone in viewing itself mainly because everyone else thinks the Greeks are bums, lazy and the least-respected, a stereotype to be sure, but one which the politician-created crisis has given credence. It”s not fair to the many, decent, hard-working honest Greeks, but, as the saying goes, life isn’t fair, and perception is reality.

That’s not going to sit well in the coffee shops where the last Greeks who aren’t rich can afford even reduced-price fare, but the finding was this: “Germany is the most admired country in the EU and its Chancellor the most respected leader.” It could be one reason why some 60,000 Greeks have fled their homeland to settle under Madame Merkel’s bosom there, including some 6,000 doctors, and why German language classes are the hottest ticket in Athens. Greeks are bad-mouthing Germany out of one side of their mouth and rapidly learning how to say, “How much is a ticket to Berlin?” out of the other.

Statistics from the EU’s numbers-crunching arm Eurostat show that Greeks have the longest working hours in Europe – 42.2 hours per week, compared to 35.6 for the Germans. What that doesn’t show is that too many Greeks spend 42.2 hours AT work – if they show up – and that the Germans DO 35.6 hours of work and are far more competitive. In another survey, by the IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland, Greece ranked next-to-last in the world in competitiveness charts of 59 countries, behind only Venezuela. When the only country you’re better than at attracting private business is a neo-Communist state that nationalizes private businesses, that means you’re last. Greece ranked last anyway in business executives’ perceptions of “competency of government” and “research and development” culture. The World Economic Forum (WEF) competitiveness index puts Greece at 90th among 142 countries, but the rest of the list includes mostly African dictatorships, terrorist states, and a bunch of countries with –stan as the last prefix, but at this rate Greece could turn into Souvlakistan.

Such is the disrespect for Greece that the BBCs’s acerbic broadcaster Jeremy Paxman called the country a “bad kebab” that should be “vomited” out of the Eurozone of the 17 countries using the euro, a likely prospect should SYRIZA win and the Troika calls his bluff on renegotiating the bailout terms, or his other intention to renege on the payments because that’s what Greeks do best. Paxman was slapped down on air by former Greek Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou who said, “The Greek economy is in a crisis and the Greek people are going through a lot and they deserve some respect.” Hopefully, he was talking about those who work and don’t use excuses to blame everyone else.

Even more telling, and troubling, is the way Greeks view themselves, and are alone in doing so. “On many counts it is the Greeks who are the most isolated in Europe,” the report said. That’s what happens when you keep your head in the sand, which explains why many Greeks prefer the beach to work, not to impugn the many decent, genuinely hard-working among them who, like taxpayers, are the minority. If Greeks worked as hard at working as complaining, they’d find it rewarding and a lot more profitable.

Greece ranks number one though in another critical poll, almost as important as the coming elections. The condom manufacturer Durex, in its Sexual Wellbeing Global Survey a few years ago, said Greeks have more sex than anyone in the world, some 87 percent enjoying it on a weekly basis. Something must have slipped though, because at last month’s Erotic Dream sex festival outside Athens, only about 50 people showed up during the crisis. Sex products purveyor Marianna Lemnarou told Reuters, “Some customers just don’t feel like having sex.” Maybe it’s all that work they do, or they can just blame Merkel for being an anti-aphrodisiac. Unless she’s holding a whip.


28 COMMENTS

  1. Hahaha this is the best article I read about the Greeks, it is right to the point and everythgn in it is the truth, Greeks are lazy curropt people, who cry all the time, poor me pity me and give me. free lunch, they do not work produce nothing, only economy is shipping and God giving land unfortuntely they got a hold of, Tourist to come and drop few dollars in their lap every year, they drink uzo all night sleep all moring, if luck maybe work few hours in the afternoon, they stolen all the money now they do not want to pay for it,
    Us Germans should drop this country like a bag of potatos, and never visit Greece again which I am planing to do, no German visitors lets see how much they got to earn this summer,hypocrats,blaming us Germans for their lazyness, and stupidity,and that also goes for Greek Cyprus, they should be kiked out alone with Greece,.
    Turks are more deserving to enter and we do not even want Turkey to join,

  2. I always wondered. why are Greeks so ready to blame everyone but themselves? If it wasn’t the British, it was the Americans. If it wasn’t the Germans, it was the Aliens.

    Riddle me this, WHEN will Greeks accept responsibility for their actions? 

  3. If German banks were stupid enough to buy Greek bonds, then they should pay the price for taking the risk. The German government bailed out German banks and sent the bill to the German taxpayer….it was the German government that socialized German bank debt, rather than let them go bankrupt as they deserved. What happened in Europe is the same as the bailouts in the US. No one is calling the Americans lazy, because their government didn’t cut minimum wages and pensions to pay for it…they printed money. Calling all Greeks lazy is the same as calling all Germans Nazi’s…..get your facts straight.

  4. WHEN will Greeks accept responsibility for their actions?
    rephase it : When Greeks politicians will accept responsibility for their actions ?
    You keep blaming the “greeks”: blame theirs leaders. You say they are leazy : they often have two jobs (at least they used to, no there is NO work). You say they are not efficient : blame their managers, not the workers. You say you hate greeks, cyprus and the rest of the world : stay in your paradise, read Bild, adore Merkel and let the greeks alone.

  5.  This is the most bigoted post I ever had the misfortune to read.

    Perhaps the Greeks will be right to vote in a goverment that will tell te EU to shove it.

    With this amount of propaganda against them even if they repay 10 times what they really owe they will never be respected. Perhaps if they help destroy the EU they will be at least respected by the Americans, who knows. In any case, the EU will deserve to disapear for the lack of solidairy it is showing to the “periphery” countries.

    BTW, I find it rich for a German to talk about free lunches, stealing money and not want to repay. Read your recent history, you’ve been living on American handouts (not loans – free cash) for the past 50 years, you took a massive haircut in 1953, and you effectively defaulted in 1990.

  6. I hope Greece leaves the Euro because it works in her interests. All this press saying “let the Greeks fail” is bullshit, they are just bluffing. The EU will collapse if Greece leaves and they are scared of this. Let’s leave it and be free!

  7. Here again Andy…what an unrespectful reasoning about Greeks, beeing a Greek.
    But again…are u Greek???

  8. Ha..ha..ha..you say “Us the Germans”?? Didn´t you mention earlier that u are a Turkish Jew…and now.. a German? I wonder why you are so mixed up. Clear up your conflicts with yourself first and then give your opinion about Greece…ha..ha..ha  what a clown!!!

  9. “You keep blaming the “greeks”: blame theirs leaders.”

    And who, exactly, elected these leaders? 

  10. Greek Bonds in German Banks bevor the Crisis about 30 Billion in total, the French Banks had a lot more down there as the Italiens……
    That Sumb just looks funni whit an additional Zero on the back, the Germans realy tryed to help the greeks, but they are like babys an are crying around because they cant spend some more money whitch the borrowed from the others whitch they allready planed to never pay back…………..
    If been in Greece twice and i have to say they youst planning how to steal money from the tourist and there own government i never became a real check in a restaurant(so they dont paying tax for that), additional i get the tourist Menu whit very different prices to the local one…….

    They should learn that they are responsible for themselfs and there own staate and nor blame sombody else for the failure of them selfs……

    We in Germany paying about 45% higher taxes in Persent in Sumb its a lot higher while the greeks dont want to share the money for a common sense like healtcare and such things..

    The times are definitly over when sombody youst have to cry Nazi and we’d payed for everything, German Politics realy have to fear an revolution if the guarantees they gaved to that countrys are comming to be payed, i can assure everybody that we would’t pay that whitout cutting some  heads of our leaders of and they are aware of that

  11. Let Greece become the third world country it deserves to be.  Let it be as a warning to governments that overspend but produce little. 

  12. Greece is the first power in shipping. It has the most shipping owners in the world and most men in islands are seamen. Also, it has touristic business, thousands of hotels and restaurants and many Greek work there.  

  13. Who told you that Greeks will not pay back their loans? We, Greeks always pay our loans!!! Germany owes us some billions from the 2nd world war!!! If we lived well it was because our families are united and the older help the younger members financially. also,there is a dowry here in greece. it means that when a woman is getting married, her parents have to give at least one furnished apartment to the couple. so every couple started their life with owning a house at least!!! in order parents to do that, they have to sell their fields that have inherited from their own parents. if they did not have fields, they were misers all their lives in order to buy the house in CASH for their daughters. 

  14. With so many spelling mistakes, I wouldn’t say that YOU were at school instead of sleeping in the mornings… or you are too lazy to take english lessons?

  15. tHESE ppl are lazy and they dont know how to save. THey spend too much even if they dont have it! Im sick of them. I have a greek roommate, he is spending non stop on electricity, heating and everything, Its like sauna in the appartment. He never goes to cheap stores or Lidl or others cos its not good for him, he buys the same food in most expencive place which he could buy in cheaper. Im sick of them!!!

  16. Demetra, are you sleepwalking?  is it a good thing for parents to buy their kids a fully furnished apartment?  How in the hell will kids truly learn work ethic if evrything is handed to them.  Who cares about tradition???  If you can’t afford it, don’t flippin buy it!!!!!

  17. Oh man…you europeans really wanna see yourselves as the socially educated, well mannered, most civilized individuals on earth…but it’s so obvious your just a bunch of ignorants, aren’t you? just a few millions of racists. didn’t you know that italy had the italian mob running half of the country? didn;t you know there was political corruption? how come you keep accepting more corrupted economies in the EU, like the former communistic ones, if corruption and tax evasion is indeed your problem? why did you accept the greatest tax haven in the history of Europe, Luxembourg, as a member state of the EU? Now your media is playing germany’s game, telling you that all of a sudden the south is full of lazy tax evadors and you just bought it! Germany won over 500 billion euros for using your south as the scape goat. now the southerns suffer, you pay without getting anything back and the germans and french keep getting filthy rich. “oh mama, the southerns are lazy and we are losing money” hahaha. please tell me, what are you really? stupid or naive?

  18. THERE ARE ONLY TWO TYPES OF PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD GREEKS AND PEOPLE WHO WISH THEY WERE GREEK

  19. Mark Twain said that is wiser to shut up and remain intelligent than keep your mouth open and say something stupid. Take that as an advice. If it was Japan doing a stupid move and getting bankrupt they would have shuted up themselves by now and keep moving improving their economy by producing something instead of wasting time on the Internet swifting the blame and being stupid.

  20. Mark Twain said that is wiser to shut up and remain intelligent than keep your mouth open and say something stupid. Take that as an advice. If it was Japan doing a stupid move and getting bankrupt they would have shuted up themselves by now and keep moving improving their economy by producing something instead of wasting time on the Internet swifting the blame and being stupid. And there are no war loans. That’s total bullshit. Even if they were, they sure weren’t billion. Those numbers are changing everytime according to Greek shit-talking standards. This is ridiculous and stupid. Give us a legit source about the supposed “loans” or gtfo. Real talk no pulling bullshit out of your butt.