The tragedy that is Greece will spread throughout the western world. Governments destroy economies, they destroy the purchasing power of currency and they leave folks hopelessly destitute.
Violent protests broke out in Athens last night after an elderly man committed suicide near to the country's Parliament building, claiming he was distraught at the prospect of "looking in the garbage to feed myself". Pensions in Greece have been slashed by up to a quarter as part of harsh austerity measures designed to bring down the country's deficit and qualify it for bailout packages from the EU and IMF. In a suicide note left at the scene the man said the Government had "nullified any chance of my survival which was based on a decent salary that for 35 years I alone (without state support) paid for".
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