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According to the readers of GRReporter the political system and the wrong prescription of Angela Merkel are to be blamed for the failure of Greece

05 March 2012 / 15:03:19  GRReporter
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In the midst of the most critical for the future of Greece period we sought the answers of the readers of GRReporter to the question: Why, after two years of financial supervision, Greece is facing an economic collapse?

From the distribution of the responses in the three language versions of the site, it is clear that none of the answers in the poll is the main reason by itself. Nevertheless, in the English and Greek versions of the site as a leading reason for the situation is pointed the reluctance of the political system to carry out the necessary reforms for fear that in this way it will lose its electorate. 39 per cent of the English-speaking and 33 percent of the Greek-speaking readers have chosen this answer. Their choice is in fact no surprise given that, despite the growing fears about the collapse of the social peace, the Greek government continues to "close" their eyes to the need for serious reforms in the public sector. Although it is precisely this sector that creates the huge budget expenditures.

Bulgarian readers, however, do not think so and share the widespread in the European North opinion that Greeks are to be blamed for the economic situation of the country as they "are lazy and live on the toil of others". This response has gathered 39 percent of the votes in the Bulgarian version of the site, while in the English and Greek versions it gathered 9 and 3 percent of the votes respectively. The political system is the second reason, according to Bulgarian readers 29 percent of whom voted for it.

Recently, in Greece, as well as in Europe and even in the International Monetary Fund appeared the opinion that the "cure" prescribed to Greece is unable to help it escape from the difficult financial situation. Leading economists and politicians believe that this "prescription", in the making out of which the greatest participation has Berlin and Angela Merkel, is causing the country to sink into an even deeper recession. Such is the opinion of 30 percent of the readers of the English and 33 per cent of readers of the Greek versions of GRReporter. Here again their opinion differs from that of the Bulgarian readers. 12 per cent of them voted for this answer.

22 per cent of readers of the Greek, 12 per cent in the Bulgarian and 11 per cent in the English versions of the site have shown in their vote their belief in the rational thinking people in Greece who understand the need for changes and are trying to transfer it to the rest.

Somewhat surprisingly, the unions which set serious obstacles to the reforms with their protests and pressure on the political leadership, have gathered the smallest percentage of votes. They are the people who protect their interests as if they were sacred cows and are considered "watchdogs" of the government property. Precisely they were those who hampered all attempts to reforms and privatization, not only in the last two, but throughout all the 30 years after 1981, when some "fear" and antipathy towards private business initiative were imposed in Greece. Nevertheless, 11 percent of the readers in the English, 9 per cent of the readers of the Greek and 8 per cent of the readers of the Bulgarian version of GRReporter have pointed them as the ones to blame.

Thank you for your involvement and we look forward to your answers in our new poll asking the question: What do you expect from the elections in Greece?

Tags: Politics society unions Angela Merkel economic collapse poll political system reforms
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