Societies from the West/North are compelled to stay after hours while Greeks, Spaniards or Italians can sip their vines in the backyard.
While being a very Northern European myself, I happen to think that this is a common prejudice against the Southerner's lifestyles. I've heard about too many examples of very hard working people over there to not fall into this trap.
People have done their best to avoid taxes at all costs. Then when the shit hits the fan everyone blames politicians and corrupt bankers? I don't think so. The corruption is everywhere.
You can't be corrupt yourself and blame it on someone else being corrupt. The entire society becomes corrupt. The fail lies in a culture of corruption and as soon as you let that get hold eventually the country will collapse.
People just want to spend and spend and not pay anything back. That's whats wrong today. Why do people think banks collapse? because they are incompetent? no because they have lended money to people and companies that once had solid numbers but then turned into clowns. People and companies that have ruined their economy and might lose everything. Once they had a good life but they just kept spending and spending and spending until they ruined themselves. Nothing anyone can do to protect themselves against such madness except making it even harder to borrow money. That's gonna make others suffer
This is very, very true, but point is - it's not merely the 'Southern' countries and their populations that should get accused of this kind of behaviour, it exists in my own very Northern European country as well.
To give you an example: in my country, we have this truly
rule that if you want to buy a ridiculously expensive house, and you get the mortgage based on your income, you are allowed to detract it from your annual tax payment. Year-after-year. This tax rule has now lead up to many folks having way too high mortgages, financed by the OTHER tax payers
, who have been as decent/wise/unlucky to not do so themselves (or not being able to) - a clear case of the poor paying for the rich!
Right now, the real estate-business in my country is plummeting, and one can argue who's to blame - the banks giving out way too high loans/mortgages, the politicians for keeping up that idiotic rule, the house buyers for paying ridiculous prices for a house and thus making the prices to up to astronomical levels? You tell me... I'd say all of them are to blame, but it will pull a huge 'mortgage' on the future of the Dutch economy - all the signs are heavily in the red right now.
Of course Greeks work, like anyone who actually wants to have a decent standard of living, but from what I've heard the problem is that Greeks don't pay taxes properly. Kinda hard to run a government with a poor budget. Of course the politicians are to blame as well for distorting Greece's economic numbers to look better for the EU. Reminds me a bit about Enron and we all know how that went down...
Yep, all too true. I just wanted to point out that the Greek population surely isn't the only
European folk that try to duck paying taxes as much as they can.