Better than those nasty austerity measures
I suppose there is some kind of irony in suing the companies that bribed your own government. Or is it chutzpah?
Paris, 'cause she's the only icon worth a f**k
The Greek investment minister Haris Pamboukis said yesterday he wanted damages from Siemens following a year-long investigation into bribery allegations. The Greek government has spent 11 months looking at Siemens' track record. It estimates the German conglomerate has cost the country £1.7bn (€2bn). The investigation found …
It's a common secret here in Greece that two major political parties are getting money under the table.
I mean, the amount of money the government pays to the parties for "pre-electional advertisements" is pretty miserable, and yet all these years the parties managed to pull million dollar advertisements on TV and on the streets.
Did anyone really thought that they were paying for those ads from their own pocket? Of course, nobody bothered to ask them were they got them.
In Greece, you never ask someone how they made their money, because he 'll then ask how you made yours. And this is where things starts to get uncomfortable...
No one ever went to jail (or paid for damages) in Greece over really big financial fraud and it seems no one ever will, be it a govt, a political party, a company or a big tycoon. However, little guys regularly lose their homes over 100 euros of debt.
If it wasn't for the ~40% profit tax, Greece would be a global investment paradise - it's the country of zero risks and zero liability.
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