Photographer's Note

‘Athens – Solidarity gone?’

Instead of telling a nice story, I can now only express my concern about an actual problem.

The European Union has always stated that cooperation and solidarity are much better than competing and making wars.
But does the current treatment of the problem in Greece have anything to do with cooperation and solidarity ?

Political leaders in the rest of Europe blame the Greek mismanagement, the weak state apparatus, the loans that were not used to invest but to consume, high-level corruption, etc.
And the solution is that Greece should save enormously.

But the Greek cost savings plan is largely based on additional taxes to be paid by the working class that no longer has the possibilities to pay more. In Athens the food banks have problems to meet the need of people with financial difficulties (Daily meals must be provided for about 12.000 people). The rigorous savings and reform program is an attack on employment, social protection and the minimum wage. Workers saw their salaries decrease in one year with 20 to 40 %. There are reports of children at school fainting from hunger because they have to skip meals.

Austerity measures don’t solve the problem. Even more they are pushing the country further into crisis.

So I wonder, what happened to that European project or dream of cooperation and solidarity?
Where has the solidarity gone?
Is it so hard to provide a solution that isn’t impoverishing the Greek nation ?
I have no faith in state leaders that find such a plan correct and fair.

BTW the picture shows the Gate of Athena Archegetis which is part of the Roman Forum in Athens

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