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[Greece]!: Screwed! (Maybe!)
Tiger BurningDig if you will, the pictureRegistered User, SolidSaints Tuberegular
So Greece, a country, known for basketball and for the invention of homosexuality, has some problems. Apparently it lied on its credit card application and ran up a bunch of debt that it now may not be able to pay back. It's a really good place to be a hairdresser, however.
Vasia Veremi may be only 28, but as a hairdresser in Athens, she is keenly aware that, under a current law that treats her job as hazardous to her health, she has the right to retire with a full pension at age 50.
“I use a hundred different chemicals every day — dyes, ammonia, you name it,” she said. “You think there’s no risk in that?”
“People should be able to retire at a decent age,” Ms. Veremi added. “We are not made to live 150 years.”
Germany, which is another country, not really known for basketball or hairdressing, might help Greece out. But first it wants Greece to raise its taxes and cut its fairly generous social services to help close the gap. Germans, who just recently raised their own retirement age to 67 from 65 to alleviate similar concerns back home, are not generally happy about helping the Greeks, who get retirement at 60. Greece in turn is not happy about the cuts demanded by Germany, aka Europe's ATM, and some officials have gone so far as to bring up some kind of unpleasantness that happened 70 or so years ago, in protest.
A greek hairdresser:
So, Greece: unfairly put-upon land of brave and virtuous hairdressers, or unsustainable wasteland of degenerate and dissolute hairdressers?