Greek Christmas trees are dying of austerity


If there is one single story that epitomizes neoliberalism and its ruthless agenda, consider this one from the nation hardest hit by the Wall Street-bankster initirated Great Recession and the austerity regime imposed by the International Monetary Fund, European Central Bank, and the European Commission.

From Kathimerini:

Demand for real Christmas trees has been declining steadily since the start of the crisis in Greece, and this year the Environment Ministry has approved the felling of around 17,000 fewer firs than last year, figures show.

Last year, 124,976 fir trees were cut down in the country, and in 2014 the number was 153,728. This shows a marked reduction from before the crisis, when the number of Christmas trees harvested came to above 200,000 a year on average.

The majority of the Christmas trees sold (85,935) last year came from cultivated forests around the country and the remainder from private farms.

And see the comments below for more.

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2 responses to “Greek Christmas trees are dying of austerity

  1. I don’t get it.

    Also you have a typo in the first line

    • People are short of cash because of the pay cuts, mass layoffs, hiked taxes and use fees, and other measures implemented by the Troika.

      You might call it Tannenbaum Index, with tree sales peaking before the crash, them plummeting as austerity took ghole.

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