On Sunday, the Greek government said that it would strictly punish citizens for tax evasion after the residents of the small island of Hydra tried to resist the police after they arrested a restaurant owner who didn’t provide receipts to clients. A government spokesman, Simos Kedikoglou, said in a statement, “We won’t let this ruin the state”. He added that tax evasion is a “scourge in Greek society” and that we should end it, decisively and immediately. According to local TV, this weekend, riot police came to the island of Hydra near Athens to calm raging locals who were protesting the actions of financial police. The government spokesman said that the state should rebuff “tricksters” who try to weasel out of paying taxes. The parliamentary opposition called the actions of authorities unnecessary and harmful.
19 August 2012
The chances of ending tax evasion in Greece are slim to none. For Greeks, tax evasion is a minor Olympic sport, almost as popular as the old pankration was. In short, if the ND/PASOK coalition tries to shake down Greeks violently, they’re going to learn a very sharp lesson very quickly with very painful results. Remember the old saying, “Russians aren’t Germans”… if that’s true of us, it goes double for Greeks (who haven’t forgotten the nasty German occupation in World War II). To expect stodgy Teutonic “honesty” from Greeks, Russians, Romanians, Italians, Spaniards, or any other Latin/Slavic nationality is crackbrained and without foundation (Israelis and Arabs are artful dodgers, too (Moshe Dayan was NO Angela Merkel)… pecunia non olet). Episodes such as this are only a foreshadowing of the death of the Euro… at least, as a “common” European currency (it may end as a common currency for Germany, France, and the Benelux region).
It won’t be mourned…