Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Greece's jobless youths fight back

By Barnaby Phillips in Athens
Monday, February 16, 2009
19:50 Mecca time, 16:50 GMT

Europeans who worry that growing unemployment will lead to social unrest in the months ahead have a familiar mantra these days: "look at what just happened in Greece, that could be a foretaste of what we can all expect in 2009".

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According to the EU, Hellas holds a 7.5% unemployment rating as recently as late 2008. What I wonder is how can a nation that is doing better during this global economic crisis then other EU countries be suffering from street violence and protests? What many fail to state is that roughly 20% of Hellenes under 25 are unemployed. The next generation of educated and bright minded Hellenes are suffering from the system so many of us love to defend. A system that has failed the next generation, and it is up to these young Hellenes to break and rebuild that system. To do away with the waring political clans of Papandreou and Karamanlis. To create a truly Hellenic political ideology, rather then borrowing foreign ones like Socialism. To rebuild the system as we deem fit for our own benefit and for the benefit of Hellenism.