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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Greece Reducing Road Traffic

For John, BLUFGreece is in tough economic straits.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From The Gates of Vienna comes a link to this headline from the ANSA Med web site, "Crisis:  thousand more Greeks unregister their cars".  The lede:
Thousands more Greeks have unregistered their cars as the New Year draws near, GreekReporter website writes, because they could no longer afford to pay a motor vehicle tax with their earnings having shrunk tangibly amid austerity.
We are talking from several hundred Euros to up to 1,000€ for a luxury car.

The article suggests that 70,000 have deregistered their cars in anticipation of 2014 and then notes that car dealers estimate that since 2009 some 1 million vehicles have been deregistered and auto sales are off 40% so far this year.

When you get your national books out of whack and you are looking for a bailout the creditors can be tough.  I had not realized how tough.

Regards  —  Cliff

  Friday the exchange rate was 1€ to $1.3768.

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