An ex­plo­sive mix

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A com­bi­na­tion of ex­ces­sive tax­a­tion and higher so­cial se­cu­rity con­tri­bu­tions is bound to prove dis­as­trous. Com­pa­nies and in­di­vid­ual tax­pay­ers are des­per­ately seek­ing ways to make ends meet. Peo­ple are once more turn­ing to the shadow econ­omy and do­ing so with­out hes­i­ta­tion. Lawyers and ac­coun­tants are rush­ing to an­swer ques­tions on how to trans­fer com­pany head­quar­ters to other coun­tries or how to avoid tax dis­as­ters. And the rea­son for all this is that the gov­ern­ment wants to keep its ‘clients’ happy. Hard-work­ing Greeks who meet their obli­ga­tions are be­ing driven to the edge. They are an­gry that they see no ben­e­fits from pay­ing their taxes, whether in terms of health­care or ed­u­ca­tion, sec­tors which have sur­ren­dered to party pol­i­tics. The state is con­stantly af­ter th­ese peo­ple and the taxes they are called to pay are un­bear­able. If the gov­ern­ment be­lieves this is the way to growth, it should think again. One thing is for cer­tain: this mix will lead to an ex­plo­sion; not that of the econ­omy but of so­ci­ety.

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