Greeks have lit­tle faith in econ­omy

Euro­barom­e­ter sur­vey points to pes­simism about the present and the fu­ture

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A re­sound­ing 98 per­cent of Greeks be­lieve the state of the coun­try’s econ­omy is “bad,” ac­cord­ing to the re­cent Euro­barom­e­ter sur­vey for spring 2017, con­ducted in May and pub­lished yes­ter­day in Brus­sels, up one per­cent­age point from last year’s fall sur­vey. The bleak out­look stands in sharp con­trast to the Euro­pean Union aver­age of 51 per­cent of ci­ti­zens who are un­happy with their coun­try’s econ­omy.

The di­ver­gence be­tween the sen­ti­ment of Greeks and most Euro­peans is also huge when it comes to the fi­nan­cial state of their house­holds, with 69 per­cent in Greece say­ing it is bad com­pared with 27 per­cent across the 28-na­tional bloc.

Asked what they see as their coun­try’s big­gest chal­lenges to­day, 51 per­cent of Greeks said unem- ploy­ment, 45 per­cent pointed to the eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion, 26 per­cent the pub­lic debt and 16 per­cent tax­a­tion. In the EU as a whole, job­less­ness was cited by an aver­age of 29 per­cent of re­spon­dents, the mi­gra­tion cri­sis by 22 per­cent, health and so­cial se­cu­rity by 20 per­cent and ter­ror­ism by 19 per­cent.

Ter­ror­ism also topped the list of chal­lenges faced by the EU for 44 per­cent of ci­ti­zens in the bloc and for 41 per­cent of Greeks. Mi­gra­tion came sec­ond at 38 per­cent for Euro­peans and 32 per­cent of Greeks, with the econ­omy at 18 per­cent and 31 per­cent re­spec­tively.

Greeks are not very hope­ful about the fu­ture ei­ther, as 70 per­cent said they be­lieve that “the worst is yet to come,” against 29 per­cent who think the cri­sis has peaked.

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