The brochure for this year’s European Week in Hamburg (May 2-14) includes – not surprisingly – an article on Greece’s finances and the effort to escape the crisis. During European Week, there will be a series of events, lectures and exhibitions with Europe of today and tomorrow as the main theme. President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso as well as the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, have written articles for the same brochure.
Under the title “How Greece will Escape the Crisis,” the article refers to highly specialized Greeks that seek job opportunities in Germany, and the traditional relations between Hamburg and Greece. Statements from the Greek Consul General in Hamburg, Ekaterini Dimakis, explains that significant restructuring changes are taking place and that crisis may oppose a chance for improvement.
“We fight against corruption and clientel-ism, against economic offences and tax evasion, against mistakes of the past. Despite our criticism, we shouldn’t however forget that a minority of 10 percent, consisting of politicians, civil servants and bankers are responsible for the crisis,” stresses Dimakis, and explains that “Greeks need new perspectives, they need to see light at the end of the tunnel,” referring to “messages of hope,” such as the shrinking of red tape obstacles for investors, the “one stop shop” for starting a business and the exploitation of energy sources in the country.
The Greek diplomat recommends that Germans choose Greece for their holiday vacations, assuring them that “islanders will continue receiving them with the same warmness that they did during the last decades.”