Episode 2 (Greece)

Athens, the downward spiral of austerity

Economic policies and hidden perils.

The second episode of a documentary series about austerity in Europe.
Available in audio or video, online or as a download
(subtitles available in FRENCH and GERMAN only for the moment!).

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Available for now : FRENCH and GERMAN only! We urgently need help to translate in the other languages. If you can help, email us at eurowinter@riseup.net.

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Thanks a lot to Sébastien, Stefania, Achilleas and Camille for the video work.
In coproduction with Radiofonies-Europe : http://radiofonies.eu/


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6 thoughts on “Episode 2 (Greece)

  1. Christine says:

    Good work, keep walking!
    For the record, today March 27th, the unemployment record has reached 25%…
    Today, the ads in the metro station advertise shops which buy our gold (jewellery) They are grabbing anything they can before our fall… The streets are full of these shops…

    • Etienne says:

      Thank you very much.

      Do you have a source for the unemployement rate? I still have the figure that it is officially at 21% at the end of December 2011.

      But what I saw today is that in addition to the million Greek people unemployed, 400 000 now work without being paid (link : http://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/2012/03/27/400k-greek-employees-work-without-salary-since-6-months/)

      With a very short calculation, this leads to 30% of the working force either unemployed, or working for free, at the end of December 2011.

      • Christine says:

        I have sources in Greek, moreover if the TV channels say that we have reached 25% I imagine it’s much worse, since these TV channels work for the system.

        Yes, you are right about working without being paid. They work with the hope of getting their money someday…

  2. Zoe says:

    Brilliant. Thank you.

  3. Peter says:

    Recipe for Greek recovery:

    1, Leave the Euro (so currency devalues and achieves its correct level);

    2. Default on the external debt – 100%

    3. Reform the public sector – reduce size, salaries and pension entitlements;

    4. Tax the rich and middle class – enforce rigorously;

    5. Make it easy to start a business and eliminate state corruption

    Do the same in the rest of Europe!

  4. Etienne says:

    Comment moved from the french website :

    posted by XIMA on
    novembre 11, 2012 :

    I am french and i wanted you to know that the same political and economic measures are taking place here in my country. I know it’s part of a bigger plan directed by the troika and whose goal is the war against the middle class and the people like you and i, we are millions and they ( the rich people) don’t care about us. A ONU perspective is to reduce the global population to 1 billion in the world and we are part of the necessary sacrify. As they don’t respect our lives why should we respect theirs as we are dying in our misery. I know your country is the cradle of democracy and i wonder why is that your country is the first to crumble under their conditions, it’s obvious, the message is clear. The future world, where they want to bring us, is a fachist world where they will be no place for democracy, a real democracy i mean. I know that the France participated in your collapse through big loans accorded to military corporation and even if i haven’t been part of it i feel so sorry of this, but the time is not to be sorry but to rise up as the people against the rich class. you are part of the people so am i They have no considerations to us, they don’t care if we are dying or prospering…dying would be better to us. If they don’t respect the law and let us die in our misery why should we respect the law and let they live as we die…

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