Die Welt: Greeks Bring the Upside Down

Die Welt_GreeceAfter the creditors’ instructions, the Greeks bring the upside down. Wherever you turn in Athens you will find something changing either in everyday life, or in the public sector. The German newspaper Die Welt chose 50 characteristic changes.

Here are some of the changes that the German newspaper took note of:

  1. Receipts: There are no transactions without getting a receipt. This happens when  you buy a coffee, a bottle of water or a drink.
  2. Taxes: The General Secretary of the Ministry of Finance, Harry Theoharis, has set a goal to collect more taxes than initially predicted for 2013.
  3. Bribery: The Greek government has taken measures in order to confront the bribery on Excise.
  4. Suspensions: Unfaithful civil servants will be the first to face suspension.
  5. Saving: The Greek government is trying to reduce its expenses during its six-month EU presidency. About 50 million euros will be spent on the lodging of VIP guests and their frequent transfer between Athens and Brussels.
  6. Tourism: About 17 million tourists visited Greece during the past year. This is an unprecedented number for the country’s data.
  7. Purchasing power: The efficiency of the Greek economy has lessened during the years of recession while the living standards have been dramatically reduced.
  8. Slight economic recovery: 0.6 percent of economic recovery is expected for 2014.
  9. Facing the recession: Greece does not get loans just to consume. “We have vanquished one of the crisis’ basic causes,” stated Yiannis Stournaras.
  10. Exportation: During the recession the importations have been reduced while there has been a significant rise on the exportation of Greek products.
  11. Public sector’s debts: The debt of the public sector in 2010 was more than 9 billion euros. Government’s officials stated that 7 billion euros have already been paid.
  12. Privatization: After the privatization of the Hellenic Republic Assets, the Greek government has collected 4 billion euros. The goal was far higher.
  13. Civilization: Last year, about 12 million people visited museums and archaeological sites.