Greece News Update

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I haven’t been cooking near as much as I want to, but my free time is about to double with summer working hours being cut in half, so I plan on posting some new delicious recipes soon.

Off the topic of food, I really want to share with you the turmoil that Greece is in right now. It is easy for us, including myself, to hear about what is happening in Greece without really understanding what it means on a daily basis. Even within the last 6 months before we left Greece, we witnessed many changes such as huge pay cuts, tax increases,  businesses closing, and the overall spirit of the Greek people being threatened with a strong sense of fear and instability on the rise.

As an American, I find it hard to articulate what exactly is happening over there, so I have asked my husband, Vasileios, to share with you from his perspective just how bad things really are:

Just some thoughts about what is happening in Greece….

Even people who might not know much about Greece, surely have had an ear full recently. It’s hard to miss all the news and debates about this tiny European country that can potentially trigger a huge economic threat to the rest of Europe and even the global economy!

The saddest part though is the very real situation of the people living in Greece, everyday the struggle becoming harder and harder to provide their basic needs. The economy of the country has sunk into a depression that has worsened over the last three years. Salaries have been cut in half or more - public and private sectors, taxes have been doubled, product prices are still rising and unaffordable, thousands of businesses have bankrupted, people losing their jobs daily, unemployment rates officially reaching 21%, and still the worst thing is that nobody can see a way out of this situation in the near or far future. The light is fading quickly at the end of the tunnel.

Even after yesterday’s elections one thing is still very obvious: Greeks are divided between those who believe that the austerity measures should be kept (in order not to be kicked out of the EU) and those who believe that these measures are only “a medicine that is killing the patient”. No matter which statement is more true, the economy and the citizens are in a deep depression.  Irresponsible Greek politicians have been neglecting, for decades, local industrial and agricultural development. They set up a corrupted system that has been failing ever since. They cared more about their own pockets than they did for the citizens of their country, and this led to the current point of no return. Greece is not a self sufficient country anymore. It has been importing everything, exporting almost nothing. This is why no one knows for sure if it will be able to stand as a country, out of the EU.

I have some of the best memories of my life from Greece. It’s a place of immense beauty, the ideal combination of sea and mountains, full of great history and tradition, delicious food and friendly people. It’s sad and it makes me wonder why the people who suffer have to go through it. I don’t know the answer, but I pray and hope that God set things up so something good will one day come out of this…

Vasileios

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I feel so thankful to be in the States, mostly because it was so hard to work and find good friends, but I deeply love Greece and miss so many wonderful things about it!!!

Thank you for your continued support!

Jacquline

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8 Responses to “Greece News Update”

  • Sophia:

    I used to think photos of Greece were photoshopped to entice tourists…then I visited and was in awe of how beautiful it really is. The ocean is really that blue and clear and clean. I pray for Greece and it’s people to come out of this depression.

  • Sophia Stravoravdi:

    I think you are all right: we must pray, we must be positive and we must promote the good food, hospitality and beauty of Greece. She is the Mother of us all, given us a light by which to see the world, just as other countries after her. Mutual respect and ordinary people standing shoulder to shoulder.
    God bless you.

  • Artemis:

    I recently came across your blog through a recipe on Pinterest. At the time was intrigued by your blog, could relate to you in that I may be Greek-American, but also a Christian and I moved to Thessaloniki, Greece almost 11 years ago when I married-so moved here for love.

    I’ve not had the easiest time adjusting. In past I’ve thought of moving back to the US, missing my friends, family, church, and work (didn’t think I’d ever say that). With the crisis now, thoughts of moving back come more often. However, I’m so torn. I love my country, I feel for the people here and what they are going through. Too many already feel that light end of the tunnel has extinguished, as the suicide rate in Greece has drastically gone up. I feel for people who have or are losing hope in a decent future. The politicians, exactly as you stated, are concerned with their pockets only or should I say their foreign bank accounts?

    This year prior to elections, they really instilled fear in the people. Fear that if they didn’t vote for the 2 leading parties that believed in the austerity measures, that Greece would leave the Euro, possibly meaning leaving the EU, Greece would go back to the Drachma, and they pictured all this as catastrophic. However, I’m already seeing catastrophe around me with more and more people unemployed, employers some out of necessity-some taking advantage-lowering the wages of the employees-even the amount that goes into the employees’ retirement! College graduates not only can’t find work in their field, but lucky if they can get a job at a Cafe/Bar.

    I, however, was one of those ready to leave the EU, not because I thought it was the best decision, but because I don’t do well with threats of fear, I’m reminded of 2 Tim 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Really irritating to see politicians using fear tactics to get what they want.

    Thank you for bringing this to light in your blog. Truth is I hate the thought that people judge based by what’s on TV, that’s not usually a clear reflection of what’s happening. Your prayers for this little country-and prayers of your readers, would be greatly appreciated. God can do mighty things just when everyone loses hope.

  • Alanna:

    I really feel for the Greek people, it is not their doing that has gotten the country into the situation that is finds itself in – as Jacqueline’s husband alluded to. I was there in 2010, and I met the happiest, friendliest, most wonderful people in my travels. I will be going back again this year in September to spend some time on Ikaria. I had planned to travel to Turkey this summer, and specifically decided to also spend some time in Greece in hopes of encouraging other North American tourists to continue to visit Greece. (I have heard that Greeks welcome tourists – especially in these uncertain times).

    I don’t know enough about the political situation, and the economics of the EU to have an opinion on the current situation. I just hope that in time the situation will be resolved in a way that Greece can flourish again.

    I’m looking forward to more of your posts this summer Jacqueline!

  • Penelope:

    We spent 2 weeks in Greece in 2008, travelling all around the Peloponnese Peninsula, eating the wonderful fresh vegetables, honey, yogurt, pastries, and wines, and falling in love with places we had never heard of before. We have been dreaming of Greece every since. Tourism may be the key to helping Greece recover. Already a lot of tourists in Greece? True, but not from the USA. Hardly anyone I know has been and we are from a well-internationally-traveled (for the USA) community. Make it easier to get to Greece, find guides, get around the country (for foreigners who do not speak Greek), and feel safe (relatively, of course), without it costing a fortune. On the down-side, Greece would be full of tourists!

  • Anna:

    I keep hoping for a miracle for Greece. I have never been to Greece but my husband spent two years living there some 10 years ago. He’s shared many memories of the Greek people and culture with me and I want very much to go there someday and create my own memories. Greece has such a long history and legacy that makes the current state of affairs there seem even more disappointing and sad. I only hope for the best for Greece and hope the people there can find their way in the trials they now face.

  • Jean Marie:

    Thanks for posting about this. I have been watching the news and wondering y’all thoughts. My heart is been veryt thankful that God brought you guys back to the States right. But my heart is still heavy for your friends and family there. Keep us updated. Love you! Phone date soon?

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Hi! My name is Jacquline. Welcome to my blog. I hope you will find some delicious Greek food recipes and enjoy the read along the way! Kali Orexi :)

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