Mackie wrote:... The local tax guy actually disappeared for 10days with the stamp...... yep, and no one else could do it...
The "only one person can do it" scenario is common in Greece so you need to get used to it. Tomorrow I am submitting my application to renew my Greek driving licence. With luck I will get the new one in two months. You've guessed it. One man in Athens with one laminating machine produces all the licences. If he goes off ill or on holiday or the machine breaks then it will be longer. It's not just in official organisations. Private business can be as bad. My original bank in northern Greece had one person who dealt with credit cards and one person who dealt with pink slips. If you had a problem with either and the person was not there your problem didn't get solved until they came back. My local village and the surrounding ones had a female OGA pathologos. When she got pregnant she had a bit over a year of maternity leave. No doctor in those villages until she returned to work.
Despite his many faults, everything Varoufakis said about the economics of the bailout programme was correct. The austerity regime drove Greece into a debt deflationary spiral from which it cannot recover on its own. At least the IMF has admitted it got its predictions wrong. The governments of the EU countries cannot admit to their voters that they won't get their money back so they pretend and extend. The ECB, and other central banks for that matter, cannot admit that quantitative easing doesn't work despite ample proof from Japan, where it has failed for over 20 years. Looking on the bright side, however, Greece's debt problems will fade into obscurity when major, multinational, private, corporate junk bonds start to default and the world discovers that they have been packaged into AAA rated Collateralised debt Obligations, CDOs, just like sub-prime mortgages were.