What seems like a relentless barrage of negative articles in the German press about Greece’s economic crisis and portraying Greeks as lazy and corrupt is gradually being replaced by more positive stories, the President of the Federation of Greek Communities in Germany, Costas Demetriou, said.
He said that some German media are producing stories showing Greece’s better side, especially after Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras came to Berlin to meet Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss his plans to make another $14.16 billion in cuts and try to turn around the economy. Germany is the biggest contributor to international loans helping Greece, but Merkel has insisted on harsh austerity measures that ired Greeks.
“They’ve become more human,” Demetriou said of the German media. “(Greek) people are suffering, Greeks are making significantly hard efforts, but there is much yet to be done,” he said. Demetriou stressed that most Germans still feel confused and fragmented and aren’t sure what to think about Greece.
He said that the “average German citizen believes that they work hard and pay their taxes while Greeks evade taxation,” he concluded. Tax cheats in Greece are costing the country about $70 billions.