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    Posted May 31, 2012 by
    Athens, Greece
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    What does it mean to be Greek?

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    Coping with the Crisis


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     meelah101 interviewed Eleni, who identifies herself as a middle class individual in Greek society. She says the economic crisis has directly impacted her financially because the property she used to rent out to others is now vacant and she is unable to see it as well. She says many businesses are closing down and says many people do not have money for consumer goods. 'Greece was traditionally a top tourism destination but the political and economic instability drove away tourists. I don’t blame them. These are the repercussions of the crisis,' she explains. She says there are people to blame for the debt crisis such as the government, corrupt public servants, the wealthy who tax evaded for years, etc. 'Honestly speaking we, the ordinary people , were not prepared for such a situation. When the government started disclosing figures about our country’s debt, we were stunned, shocked. It’s like a nightmare, it is very stressful. There is uncertainty and agony about the following day,' she says.
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    As Greece prepares for the next national elections on June 17, Greek citizens are trying to cope with the effects of the austerity measures that the nation's creditors have imposed on the government. There are daily reports of suicides, increased unemployment rate and unabated rise in the prices of basic commodities. Many Filipino Overseas Workers (OFWs) have also been affected. Many OFWs are now jobless and some have settled for less pay because their Greek employers can no longer afford to pay their salaries.

    Ms. Eleni Laios, a Greek citizen who works at the Philippine Embassy in Athens as an interpreter/ translator agreed to share her thoughts on the subject . Ms. Laios has a Masters Degree inf Translation (English, French, Spanish) .She has been with the embassy for 21 years.She has two kids in high school.

    Ms. Laios says that in the coming elections much will depend on the wisdom of the voters to make the wise decision of whether to leave the Eurozone or stay and try to renegotiate the bailout memorandum which will give Greece a chance to achive growth in the medium term.

    According to her, there are speculations that the coming elections will be chaotic. "But I firmly believe that there will be a coalition government which will be formed with the consent and cooperation of the New Democracy, PASOK and the democratic left", she said.

    "I hope that wisdom will prevail in the coming elections and the international community will appreciate the sacrifices the Greeks have done so far" she added.

    Included in this report are some excerpts of her statement.
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