Living in Greece during bankruptcy
Greeks still keep their hopes alive
I live in Greece. This is the place I was born, the place I grew up, the place I was educated.
After a 9-year spell in the UK, I settled to my home country for good in 1996.
It's no secret: Greece has virually gone bankrupt.
And Greeks are going through great pain and uncertainty, in their day-to-day lives.
I own a small business, specialising in online promotion and advertising. As a result, I am utterly exposed to the greek financial drama: cashflow is, virtually, non-existent for most companies and individuals. Desire to spend is nill.
OECD is forecasting a recession of 5% for 2012 in Greece: this will be the 5th consecutive recession year.
People are desparate, unemployment has reached an official rate of 22%, while more than 50% of young people under the age of 25 are jobless.
Nevertheless, Greeks are still fighting. On May 6th, general elections will be held: the same old corrupt politicians, giving all sorts of false promises. People are disillusioned and angry. But we refuse to let go of our hopes. We refuse to let go of our dreams. We refuse to let go of our beloved country.
And greek entrepreneurs are stiving hard, against a massive state bureaucracy, to survive.
I know, I am one of them.