In Greece there is anger in the wake of the new austerity measures agreed at the EU summit. The new belt tightening proposals will, its reckoned, cut average earnings by three to four percent coming on top of earlier cuts during the last two years to pensions and salaries.
Greek politicians are in the firing line with people claiming that while tax evasion and corruption continues, it is the honest taxpayers who will be hit hardest.
“The only thing they have on their mind is to win the elections. That’s why they don’t fire the civil servants who have completely destroyed us in the last 35 years. There are too many of them with too high wages and pensions,” said one man.
Unions were also quick to slam the measures. Increasing taxes on the middle class is no way to kick-start the economy is their argument.
The protest banners are still outside parliament in Athens where thousands gathered as a sign of unity in their opposition to the proposals. Unlike previous weeks the demonstration stayed peaceful.