Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis spent his second consecutive weekend trying to convince people in the provinces that the 28-billion-euro support package for banks would benefit the real economy

Greeks are truly having a time of their lives being in EU. How else can you explain that, during the very agony of the world economy as we know it, Karamanlis spends days walking in mud in the middle of nowhere convincing locals they would have more goats as a result of some smart government move? He is talking to the same people that were offered money by EU agrarians not to grow their crops and sit all day in the sun for a few years now. During my time living there, even my schoolteacher got a couple of “suit dudes” coming up to his country house offering something on the line of 30 Euros not to grow olives on his almost dry tree in the backyard.  In a country flooded by archaic bureaucratic system, external enemies on all fronts and hundreds of unwelcome ethnic Greeks with no passports or jobs, there never seems to be a cloudy day.

Why, on the less sunny side of Greece we have a whole island network of  tourist industry that might just be breathing its last. With consumers in Europe saving their money in their pillows rather than in their holiday plan, a lot of places might not see tourists wobbling towards the beach in the next swimming season. Of course, Greek government does not have to address this problem – it is well known that 90% of people employed in the tourist industry are seasonal workers, and disappear into thin air once summer is over, creating no poverty, despair or votes for the opposing party.

Costas Karamanlis

Kostas Jabba Karamanlis the Hutt, as the world knows him

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