2013-09-04 — www.spiegel.de
... the creditors want to see numbers from Mitsotakis. They want the country, with a population of 11 million, to substantially reduce the size of its civil service from the current level of 769,000 public servants and other employees. This isn't a new request, but what is new is that the troika is no longer willing to grant Athens a respite.
Although close to a million Greeks have lost their jobs since 2009, that number hasn't included a significant number of civil servants. His predecessors were playing for time, says Mitsotakis.
One of those predecessors, Dimitris Reppas, was once caught whispering to a fellow minister on a stage: "When the troika is here, always say yes, yes. They'll leave again." Reppas didn't know that his microphone was still on.
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