• Rafk

    The Greek whining sounds pathetic to many in the former East bloc. There seems to be a culture fo entitlement in Greece which East Europeans have long discarded. In Poland many retirees need to make ends meet not on the 1000 euros a month the Greek finds a pittance, but on 250 euros. The disposable income reduced by a quarter? Well, for many East Europeans disposable income is something they’ve never really enjoyed. Yet their economies are in a much better shape. Unless young and fit Greeks do what Poles have done for 20 years: up and leave to pick up jobs abroad, maybe somewhere in Eastern Europe which keeps growing, the whining will go on.

  • NickMalkoutzis

    As you suggest, it depends where you start from. For Greeks, the last few decades have led to prosperity they did not enjoy before. It’s only human that people are unhappy or unsettle by having to sacrifice a lot of what they had worked for. That and the sudden nature of the change (a drop of almost 30% in two years is huge by anyone’s standards) are the main reasons behind the complaints. Sure, some people felt entitlement but they were mostly in the private sector. In this case, all the people are private sector workers. In the eurozone, the EU’s own statistics show that nobody works longer hours than Greek private sector workers. I would also take into account the high cost of living in Greece. For all these reasons, I would say it’s unfair to accuse Greeks of whining.