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Alexis Pirro

por Pedro Correia, em 06.07.15

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Vitória clara de Alexis Tsipras, ufanam-se alguns "analistas" comentando o sufrágio de ontem na Grécia. Num  plebiscito com uma pergunta absurda, que já estava ultrapassada pelos acontecimentos no preciso momento em que foi impressa nos boletins de voto, numa campanha-relâmpago onde não houve tempo para um debate sério e esclarecedor, com os adeptos do "sim" quase remetidos à clandestinidade perante a maciça propaganda governamental favorável ao "não".

Que vitória?

Com a economia em derrocada, os bancos falidos, a recessão a regressar em força (após o país ter crescido 0,8% em 2014), a necessidade absoluta de financiamento externo de emergência para fazer face às despesas mais elementares e o espectro de uma saída descontrolada do euro se no próximo dia 20 falhar o pagamento de 3,5 mil milhões de euros ao Banco Central Europeu. E - na melhor das hipóteses - um terceiro resgate a caminho, sujeito ao crivo prévio dos parlamentos nacionais dos restantes países da eurozona, tão respeitáveis como o de Atenas.

Pirro era grego. E também ficou célebre pelas vitórias que alcançou.

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De Pirro & Porsche a 05.07.2015 às 23:51

Greek Porsche owners

One of the many eye-catching claims made about Greece was about the number of Porsche Cayennes.
"A couple of years ago, there were more Cayennes circulating in Greece than individuals who declared and paid taxes on an annual income of more than 50,000 euros, a figure only slightly above the vehicle's list price" is a quote widely reported in mainstream media and on blogs worldwide.

It came from Prof Herakles Polemarchakis, a former economics adviser to the prime minister of Greece, and now a lecturer at Warwick University in the UK.
But when asked, Prof Polemarchakis said his remark was casual, based on what had been circulating in policy circles in Greece a few years back.
He said the only hard fact he was aware of was "the per capita number of Cayennes in [the Greek city of] Larissa was twice that of Cayennes in the OECD countries".

So what are the facts?
In 2010, there were 311,428 people with declared incomes of more than 50,000 euros (£41,260) paying tax in Greece.
It was a figure that made a spokesman at Porsche laugh. Lukas Kunze says the story is "ridiculous". In total, they had only sold around 1,500 Porsche Cayennes in Greece since the launch of the luxury car nine years ago.
But this doesn't mean that Greeks all pay the right amount of tax.
Income tax receipts as a percentage of GDP are only 4.7%, the lowest in the eurozone and less than half the 10% in the UK.
It would be good to think this is just because Greece has rock bottom tax rates but it hasn't - this is because for some people, what they actually earn and what they put on their tax forms are often different figures.
Last year, Horst Reichenbach, head of the EU taskforce offering technical help to the Greek government, said the amount of unpaid tax was estimated to be "in the order of Income tax receipts as a percentage of GDP are only 4.7%, the lowest in the eurozone and less than half the 10% in the UK.
It would be good to think this is just because Greece has rock bottom tax rates but it hasn't - this is because for some people, what they actually earn and what they put on their tax forms are often different figures.
Last year, Horst Reichenbach, head of the EU taskforce offering technical help to the Greek government, said the amount of unpaid tax was estimated to be "in the order of 60bn euros [£49.49bn]".


(BBC News, 2012)
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De As minhas desculpas a 06.07.2015 às 10:06

O copy-paste da parte final ficou em parte repetido. Mas se quem entender um bocadito mais que inglês técnico estiver com paciência, consegue entender - acho eu.
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De Pedro Correia a 06.07.2015 às 11:12

Percebeu-se bem. E de então para cá não há motivos para pensarmos que a situação melhorou. Antes pelo contrário.

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