The Austrian newspaper Wiener Zeitung published a long article titled, We do not owe you money. It refers to the changes the image of Greeks living in Austria has undergone because of the financial crisis in Greece, as well as to their reactions towards the way Austrian citizens and Austrian mass media face them.
“The people of syrtaki, Alexis Zorbas and feta cheese, the Greeks, are now facing a different image of themselves, not anymore as people full of life, but as lazy people living against others, because the debt crisis and the forged financial documents over an extended period towards Brussels have made them the scapegoats of the Eurozone”, the article reports.
According to the newspaper, there are a great number of scientists and students that arrive in Austria from Greece, who encounter the mockery of their neighbors that welcome them with the phrase “give us our money back” in every social event. A Greek businessman living in Vienna says that this happens due to lack of information on Greece’s situation.
According to the article, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s statements that Greeks should work harder, have been determinative as concerns the negative reportage against Greeks that followed. The aforementioned statements are not compatible with reality as international studies have shown that Germans work 38 hours per week on average, while Greeks work 40 hours per week and many are obliged to have two or three jobs in order to survive since the crisis outbreak.
Greeks who live and work in Vienna point out that the problem with Greece is not the laws but the non-implementation of the law. Concerning corruption, they say that this is a Pan-european problem and that Greeks are just not eager to pay their taxes.