One of the common complaints in Greece over the past few years is that although wages and pensions have been reduced substantially, the prices of even basic goods remain high. The crisis has, however, prompted somewhat of an awakening among a section of Greek consumers.
Less than one percent of young Greeks believe that voting is a way to make their voice heard, according to a new survey that also suggests teenagers are feeling increasingly ignored by decision makers.
Improving tax collection in Greece has been one of the dominant themes over the past three years as the government not only tries to boost its revenues but also aims to ensure greater fairness amongst taxpayers, which is a key factor towards increasing the acceptance of the challenging fiscal adjustment program the country embarked on in 2010.
One of the main problems the Greek state faced at the start of the crisis was putting right the obvious public administration inefficiencies that had become an undue burden on the country’s finances while also being a source of gross unfairness. An example of this was Greece’s pension system and the poor way in which it was managed.
It is clear that the economic environment in Greece over the last few years has been unfavourable for local businesses. Demand has plummeted, liquidity has evaporated and political instability coupled with international speculation about Greece’s future in the euro have created numerous and large obstacles for Greek entrepreneurs in all sectors.
The City of Athens has conducted the first ever survey of people using its welfare services, including soup kitchens, and the findings of its report provide further cause for concern about the social impact of the crisis, particularly in the centre of the Greek capital.
One of the most worrying aspects of the crisis has been that the financial constraints on the state and its ever-decreasing role in a number of areas, such as social welfare, healthcare and urban services. This has left thousands of Greeks directly exposed to some of the worst effects of the recession.
Almost one in three Greeks are living at risk of poverty – well above the European Union average and the highest proportion in the eurozone – according to figures published this week by Eurostat.
What do Greeks fear most? Given developments over the past few years, one would expect poverty, unemployment or the prospect of more troika-dictated austerity measures to top the list. But a new poll has made a surprising finding: Greeks fear the last of justice above all.
The proportion of Greeks suffering from major depression has increased substantially since 2011 and is several times higher than pre-crisis levels, according to a new study by the University of Athens.