I have to apologise because I have not written anything about Mr. Papandreou’s speech and announcements in Thessaloniki. My excuse is that he usually changes his statements about one day after making them ( I have proof) but also that it is becoming extremely depressing to watch the news – especially on tv.

In the meantime the Greek working people are faced with a storm of “special contributions” with various tags after them. A “special solidarity contribution” calculated on a percentage of the income stated on the tax return of 2010. A second “special contribution” will be paid by all home owners. This one will be calculated according to the size of the property and the area in which it is located. The lowest is 50 cents per square meter for buildings, flats etc situated in a cheap area and the highest 10 Euros per square meter for the more expensive, high class areas.This “special contribution” – a special tax to call it by its right name- will be collected through the DEH (Public Electricity Company)bi-monthly bills. As you understand in case the property is rented the lessor has to pay and deduct it from the rent.

Greek citizens live in daily uncertainty, not knowing what their income is or what will be left of it at the end of the month while the PASOK government promises “development”.

( Special notice: I have translated the Greek word εξαιρετική as “special” even though the actual meaning is “extraordinary”.I did this because it has not been clear whether these contributions are in reality “extraordinary” or will be repeated annually or monthly in the future)