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Views from Athens: 'no light on horizon'

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Views from Athens: 'no light on horizon'


All over Greece, people are once again asking what’s in store for them.

A world away from the Brussels corridors where the bailout deal is being thrashed out, despite an outward appearance of normality, relentless austerity is having an impact some say has not been seen since the Second World War.

Whether or not Greece gets its bailout, many people see only years of hardship ahead.

These were the opinions of people in Athens on Monday:
“I don’t see any light on the horizon. Unfortunately no matter how many loans we receive, if by ourselves we don’t start producing something to be able to stand on our own two feet we will never have recovery in Greece. That’s the reality,” said Panagiota Petraki, a housewife.

“At some point the Europeans and our politicians should tell us the truth, where they are heading. Because this situation is not leading to reform,” said unemployed man Dimitris Papageorgiou.

“No matter how much money we get if business doesn’t get going, if they don’t write down debt and if there is no justice we will never get out of the crisis. These policies are wrong, completely wrong,” was the view of retired teacher Michalis Vekendios.

Greek officials said technical issues were still being worked out on the bailout agreement. But the problems are not thought to be significant enough to threaten the deal itself.

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