Pangalos: We’re all corrupt
by (ANA) 16 Oct 2010
VICE-president Theodoros Pangalos was the latest high-ranking official to comment on the scourge of corruption in the country, telling a local radio station on October 12 that "in our country we experience corruption every day and night". "... Isn’t this the truth?" he said, referring to a cascade of mostly local reactions provoked by a statement by Eurogroup president Jean Claude Juncker.
"It’s the corruption of the institutions that has led us to deficits and the situation we are facing today," he stressed, underlining that not only are politicians to blame, but citizens too. "Doesn’t someone who goes to an MP’s office and asks for a favour, either an appointment to the public sector or to serve his military service in Athens, support corruption?" he asked.
Pangalos also attacked main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras, charging that the latter is a "populist of the worst kind". Turning to the public sector, he said the government does not intend to fire civil servants but will not renew contracts. "Contracts are contracts. Contracts end. Civil servants holding permanent contracts will remain in their positions," he clarified.Source : http://www.athensnews.gr/issue/13412/32112