There are so many difficulties that people have to face in Greece that are sometimes surreal.
“Our effort to exit the crisis becomes more complicated because this decision disrupts our economy,” says one Greek politician.
Greece needs to become identified with a term other than the crisis, with one or more words that would signal recovery and reconstruction.
Greece finally passed its long awaited package of reforms, which follows the usual pattern. The Parliament was all too happy to raise taxes and social security contributions, but pension reform and the sale of NPLs is much less clear.
I noticed that I was surrounded by people who were at their most productive age, and who had no dreams for their future at all, not because they had chosen that, but because some people decided so for them, without them.
Every morning when I walk my dog, fortunate enough to live in one of the more affluent suburbs of Athens, I see, without fail, an old person searching through the garbage. Sometimes there is more than one, at different bins.