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Polimilis, Sifis

Journalist, To Vima , Greece

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To Vima Online - Greece | 05/04/2012

Austerity driving people to suicide

A 77-year-old man took his own life by shooting himself in the head on Syntagma Square in Athens on Wednesday. The retired pharmacist left a farewell note in which he pointed to the debt crisis as the reason for his suicide. The left-liberal online paper To Vima blames Greek politicians for such cases: "Our politicians bear most of the blame for the crisis. But they don't understand that their policies are only increasing the citizens' desperation and that people are sinking deeper and deeper into the abyss. They are driving an entire country and an entire nation to suicide. ... Those who are unemployed or have lost their jobs are at a dead-end; young people are desperately looking for a future, several groups are glorifying violence, the middle class is watching its prosperity dwindle to nothing and the pensioners are mired in everyday poverty. Society as a whole has lost its footing. … And people can't see any chance of things improving. They only see a political system that can't manage the self-destructive course it has taken."

To Vima Online - Greece | 18/03/2012

Venizelos will go down with Pasok

The Greek Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos was elected chairman of his party, Pasok, on Sunday. The Socialists were once the strongest party in parliament but according to recent surveys their approval has fallen to 11 percent. The left-liberal online paper To Vima doubts Venizelos will be able to get the party back on its feet in time for the elections at the end of April: "You can't win votes with promises to reform the state and the economy without radically reforming your own party beforehand. Why should the citizens trust you [Venizelos] to perform this huge task when you haven't been able to carry out the reforms within the microcosm of your party? A party that is weighed down with the burden of having led us into a deadlock situation."

Eleftherotypia - Greece | 08/08/2008

Post-Olympic melancholy

Four years after the acclaimed Olympic Games in Athens, the self-image of the Greeks has undergone major changes as a result of domestic political problems and the economic crisis, the daily Eleftherotypia writes. "The success of the Olympic Games and the positive reviews from abroad raised self-confidence to a maximum level. ... The problem is that Greece and the Greeks are now in a situation which is entirely different from 2004. ... There is a general sense of misery, ... a lack of creativity and .... expectations are low. ... Our international image does not even bear thinking about. The international media is full of reports on bribes, corruption, ... the name dispute with [the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia] FYROM, which only few can understand, and the economic and political crises."

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