Should we complain about the Greeks? View of France, daily life in Athens seems difficult, with an unemployment rate that exceeds 25% of the taxes that soar and bank withdrawal limited to the bare minimum for almost one week. A view which was not yet shared by all Europeans. This is particularly the case in Bulgaria, the poorest EU countries, often “forgot” the great European summits.
“I am categorically opposed to any postponement and compromise” to the place of Greece, and hammered the head of the Bulgarian government, Boyko Borisov, on June 25, adding, “they make their reforms, or they incur the consequences!” It must be said that, from his point of view, the special treatment enjoyed by the Greek neighbor (the two countries share close to 500 kilometers of common borders) is hard to swallow. On the one hand, according to Eurostat figures, GDP per capita is three times lower compared to Bulgaria to Greece. Similarly, the minimum wage in Sofia painfully reached 180 euros, when it is fixed at around 600 euros in Athens. But especially since a financial crisis in 1996/1997, the first undergoes a severe austerity regime imposed by the IMF, even though the latter refuses.
“they will continue to receive money, play backgammon and drinking Ouzo “
Under these conditions, no wonder Borisov wins:” I do not care for the Greeks: they continue to receive money from the European Union to play backgammon and drink all day long ouzo while we, we will pick their olives and oranges for a pittance. ” A virulent statement, but fairly reflects the state of public opinion in Bulgaria. A resident of Sofia, interviewed by L’Observateur , criticizes “the Greek carelessness during the last fifteen years, without any serious response from any EU institution, (…) while new members such as Bulgaria and Romania are under the microscope and for the slightest wrong move they get slapped on the wrist. ”
For the head of the Bulgarian government, it is time that Greece starts to make efforts, like its neighbors. “We also want to provide more for wages and pensions, but we respect financial discipline,” he insists to anyone who will listen. According to him, the problem is simple: today “the poorest are forced to pay for the rich.”