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Beware of Greeks Bearing Bonds | Business | Vanity Fair
(på tips från @inslag om jag minns rätt).
Den är målande och fascinerande:
When Papaconstantinou arrived here, last October, the Greek government had estimated its 2009 budget deficit at 3.7 percent. Two weeks later that number was revised upward to 12.5 percent and actually turned out to be nearly 14 percent.
Hur kan något sådant inträffa? Ett exempel:
“The Ministry of Agriculture had created an off-the-books unit employing 270 people to digitize the photographs of Greek public lands,” the finance minister tells me. “The trouble was that none of the 270 people had any experience with digital photography. The actual professions of these people were, like, hairdressers.”