The crisis appears to have led to a substantial reduction in petty corruption, with its overall cost halving over the last five years, a recent survey conducted by Public Issue for Transparency International has found.
A recent OECD study examining the aftermath of the crisis has highlighted the social difficulties that have been created but also points the inequalities that were created by a poor welfare system before the country’s economic problems began.
The European Commission’s Task Force for Greece (TFGR) published last week its sixth quarterly activity report, examining what progress has been made in a number of areas where Athens has been receiving technical support to improve public services and administration.
Healthcare has become one of the key issues in the Greek crisis: Not only is it a source of political friction but it also provides one of the clearest indications of the impact spending cuts have had.
The main, and in many cases only, source of income for almost half of Greek households are pensions, whereas they rely on salaries most in just one in three cases, according to a new survey.
Much of the government’s strategy for political survival and for retaining support for the fiscal adjustment programme relies on Greeks beginning to feel from this year that their country is turning the corner. A new poll published this week underlines just how big a challenge the coalition faces in convincing people that a recovery is on the way.
Roughly one in three Greeks fears losing their home in 2014 despite the restrictions on foreclosures the government has kept in place for the New Year.
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Greece is due to take over the six-month rotating presidency of the European Union on January 1 but just days before it does so a new poll has suggested that of the citizens in all 28 member states Greeks feel least confident about the Union’s future and are the most detached from the bloc.
Greece has the sixth highest rate of severe material deprivation among 30 European countries, with the lack of access to basics rising substantially for almost all age groups last year, according to new data from the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT).