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    Posted May 20, 2012 by
    PhilZerg
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    Paris, France
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    What does it mean to be Greek?

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    Grexit

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     PhilZerg says his iReport is a visual commentary illustrating his thoughts on the current situation in Greece. 'I am not Greek but had the opportunity to speak with Greek people who shared with me horrifying stories of their companies becoming insolvent, not being able to pay their employees. Each of these personal stories moved me and increased my concern for Greece's economic stability,' he says. He believes the Greek government betrayed its people 'by falsifying budget figures and concealing a swollen debt that was growing rapidly in order to join the Euro Zone. As a citizen taking part in the democratic life of your country, you might not adhere to the government in place but you at least need a minimal dose of "trust". In the case of Greece, I found it surreal and frightening to see every ounce of "trust" in the political leaders disappears,' he says.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    The media have recently coined the term "Grexit" as there is a growing threat of Greece exiting the Euro Zone. There is an old custom and ritual in Greece which seems to be more alive outside of the country than inside. It is the breaking of plates for celebrations while shouting Ooopa!. One of the many interpretations which inspired me to do this drawing is that a plate might be broken when two lovers parted, so that they would be able to recognize each other by matching the two halves even if many years passed before they met again.

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