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Greek uptake of German help 'discouraging'

The Local · 29 Feb 2012, 16:29

Published: 29 Feb 2012 16:29 GMT+01:00

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The document, dated February 17, outlines the offers of cooperation extended by Berlin to Athens in recent months, such as offering advice by the public body for development aid.

"The provisional appraisal of German offers of support is discouraging," the document said.

"The request by Greece for concrete measures of help is restrained," it added, saying that improving economic competitiveness did not appear to be a priority for Athens which, from Germany's viewpoint, was "unacceptable".

France, Sweden and the Netherlands have had a similar reaction to their offers of help, the document said.

According to Tuesday's Financial Times Deutschland, about 160 German tax officials, including some who have already retired, have volunteered to go to Greece to help overhaul its tax administration.

A spokesman for German Economics Minister Philipp Rösler told reporters that Germany was nevertheless "always ready to make offers of help" and stressed the text was just an "intermediary appraisal."

Rösler headed a business delegation to Greece in October.

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10:06 March 1, 2012 by hereward
Help?like italy was "helped"sounds very sinister to me,but all part of the plan eh chaps,we might have some confidence in it,were it not for the fact that these endless "bail-outs" do nothing to alieviate the plight of the ordinary greek,it is just financiers moving money around amongst their mates,and now you intend to go through the pokets of the greek people to see if you have missed anything,still there are always thier piggy banks,and once these have been looted,what next ?a different flag on the acropolis perhaps?
12:26 March 1, 2012 by Eastard
The world is full of very different perspectives on the Greek delima... Underlying all is the Greek perspective that it is someone else's fault... Until they take ownership as a people it will never end. No one made Greece spend and enjoy more than they could afford for many many years... Somehow this needs to sink in and they need to act differently... Look at the determined Japanese following WWII ... totally defeated at a war they started... and embarrassed... Their attitude could have been to spend all their time and union effort to stir the pot of blame... instead they came together as a people and WORKED WITH THEIR FORMER ENEMY to better THEMSELVES for their on benefit... a new Japan and world leader was born... The Greek delima is not all that different except for the attitude and behavior of it's people... The outcome of not working on a solution will be no solution... One cannot eat blame...
13:26 March 1, 2012 by maxbrando
Why should anyone feel sorry for the Greeks? They, through their parliament, have encourage, even coerced, their legislators to spend every cent they could get their hands on. Since the majority of people there work for the government and receive huge benefits, why would they change? This is what happened in East Germany. And the folks who do not work for the government evade taxes. Why not? Why should a minority support a worthless majority. Let them eat cake.
20:25 March 1, 2012 by Englishted

Remember what happened to the first person to say:

"Let them eat cake. "
14:49 March 5, 2012 by maxbrando

Yes, Marie was a naughty girl. But the revolution came shortly after anyway, and not because of her. This is what will happen in Greece.
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