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Those Hardworking Greeks!

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ShawnD1

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Reminds me of a SNL sketch where two black prison inmates start talking world politics. The best line uttered was: "What's Greece's number one export?" "Hard working Greeks." Truer words have never been spoken.
That's true for almost all shit countries. Immigrants from Africa are some of the hardest working people you will ever meet.
 

ichy

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bullshit.

just because the germans are all hard faced and can't smile for the life of them doesn't mean they work harder; swiss folks are all about work, that's why they have a 35h working week; your average italian works 55h/w, like greeks, and who even knows how hard those miserable bastards the rumenians work.

polls are not fact.
Swizterland does not have a 35 hour work week. They also (thank god) aren't in the EU so they aren't eligible for this poll.
 

KAZANI

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lolz@OP buying into sensationalist journalism. Why don't you spend your time in doing some actual research instead, like this guy:


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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zvl9N9GdraQ (spoof video (foul language warning) that was linked in some article from Zerohedge website a while ago)

I believe there is some truth to his statement that Greeks have always been using Drachmas or something like it when they barter and trade with each other, they just use Euros for European tourists.

Segment on Nightly Business Report weeks ago showed how Greeks were going back to a barter system among themselves, using paper IOUs with someone with an old Dell computer also entering entries into computer. Found this BBC video clip talking about same thing with google search: http://potentnews.com/2012/04/24/greek-town-implements-revolutionary-barter-system-without-euro/
Noone in Greece has been using drachmas except for some fringe ultra-nationalist groups who believe the country should turn to isolationism in order to get off debt. You shouldn't take the malarky psychos (who think spitting on German tourists' food plates before serving him at their taverna is in the same historic continuum with the WW2 anti-nazi resistance) post in YouTube as credible information. The other video shows some anarchists's publicity stunt where they copycat the bartering markets seen for a brief time in Argentina during the turmoil of the early noughties. They have nothing to do with the real world, unless you think humanity is ready to replace money with turnips...
 

KAZANI

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Hard work making a decent gyro
You should try working in a gyro restaurant standing in front of a grill for 10 hours in a hot summer day with 43℃ outside. Being derisive of unskilled labour is a sign of political immaturity.
 

werepossum

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lolz@OP buying into sensationalist journalism. Why don't you spend your time in doing some actual research instead, like this guy:


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Sorry, dude, you're going to have a hard time convincing anyone that Greeks work harder than Germans, even though you may well work more hours. In part that's the widespread corruption; people aren't going to trust Greek numbers. You're going to have an almost impossible time convincing Germans that they should increase their own retirement age to fund Greeks retiring fifteen years earlier than the old German retirement age. That dog won't hunt. You guys are in for a world of hurt, either you drop out of the EU and your buying power drops by half or worse, or you default on your loans and get kicked out of the EU with the same result.

Personally, I'd try to identify what manufacturing I had left and what raw materials I had to import, then try to cut some deals directly with non-EU countries that can supply those needs. That way you can minimize the inevitable pain and at least leave of your own accord, heads held high. And there will always be some bright spots; domestic manufacturing with domestic raw materials is about to get way ore competitive.

And thanks for reminding us that Greeks aren't just some stereotypical lazy slobs, but just regular people trying to earn a living and raise their families.
 

Blackjack200

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May 28, 2007
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That makes me think of an old joke...
Heaven is a place where...
The British are the police.
The French are the chefs.
The Italians are the lovers.
And the Germans run everything.

Hell is a place where...
The French are the police.
The British are the chefs.
The Germans are the lovers.
And the Italians run everything.

:D
There's a million versions of this joke, the one constant seems to be that in heaven the French are chefs and in hell its the British.

In Heaven…

the mechanics are German
the chefs are French
the police are British
the lovers are Italian
and everything is organized by the Swiss.

In Hell…

the mechanics are French
the police are German
the chefs are British
the lovers are Swiss
and everything is organized by the Italians.
 

classy

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We just had family members from my wife's side visiting who live in Germany. They love it there and its really interesting the way things are structured there. Quite a bit different than here.
 

KAZANI

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Sorry, dude, you're going to have a hard time convincing anyone that Greeks work harder than Germans, even though you may well work more hours. In part that's the widespread corruption; people aren't going to trust Greek numbers.
Those are OECD's number's not Greece's and, let's be frank here, if those where really cooked then the austerity tyrants wouldn't have missed such a huge opportunity to further vilify the country. Trust me, if they still have the audacity to spew misinfo about the vaunted "bloated public sector of Greece" to this day, after the debacle of the official registry, they would have jumped on this long ago.

You're going to have an almost impossible time convincing Germans that they should increase their own retirement age to fund Greeks retiring fifteen years earlier than the old German retirement age.
lol, that's just more of the same FUD!
Average effective age of retirement versus the official age in 2009 in OECD countries

EVERY COUNTRY's pension system has provisions for early retirements in certain occupations. What's important is the average retirement age and there doesn't seem to be much difference there. The problem here is not Greece's numbers but the skewed interpetations of it that the biased media are feeding you with.
 

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