Greece’s parliament this month passed yet another round of austerity measures deemed necessary for it to continue receiving international bailout funds for its ailing economy.
The latest cuts have spurred protests on the streets of Athens and other Greek cities, and heated exchanges inside and outside the southeastern European country's parliament.
The reforms signaled a renewed effort from Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' government to incentivize credit disbursement in Greece and bolster the confidence of the European Union and International Monetary Fund ahead of crucial debt-relief talks.
Greece's efforts were greeted with a new round of debt-relief after lengthy meetings in Brussels this week, while the EU leadership celebrated the deal as a "major breakthrough."
I keep telling my children to leave Greece, even if they are both over 35. What will they and their children have to gain by staying here? Nothing, as sad as it is to admit. Giorgos Kosmadakis
However, many Greek citizens are frustrated and exhausted after consecutive years of austerity.
Protesters expressed outrage at the new measures to slash and restructure some pensions, as well as to raise taxes on insurance funds. They say these measures will place further strain on everyday Greeks who are already on the brink of financial ruin.
The WorldPost spoke with five people from different professions who have dealt firsthand with punishing austerity measures in Greece. Across the board, they provide a bleak assessment of their present and future.