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The Greek memory stick tragedy

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ATHENS — Can a memory stick bring down a political order? That is the question in Greece, where a tragicomic debate over what became of a list of nearly 2,000 Greeks with Swiss bank accounts is rapidly turning into a full-blown political crisis that is imperiling Greece’s fragile coalition government at a crucial time.

When the Greek finance minister and one of his predecessors said last month that the list was missing — and another former finance minister subsequently said he had belatedly handed it over to the authorities — the story was seen as an almost laughable caper. But amid other high-profile corruption investigations that have opened in recent weeks, the story quickly assumed a darker cast. On Thursday, a former deputy interior minister — who according to the Greek news media was under investigation for corruption himself — was found dead in what appears to have been a suicide.

As the coalition government of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras struggles to agree on a package of austerity measures to secure the foreign financing the country needs to stay afloat — and ahead of the first visit to Athens by Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany since the debt crisis began, expected on Tuesday — the corruption investigations are seen less as a belated housekeeping effort than as a gloves-off fight, with politicians breaking allegiances in a destabilizing climate of suspicion and even blackmail.

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Rich Greeks don't want the rest of Greece knowing what they did with their money, of course this list disappeared.

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Rich Greeks don't want the rest of Greece knowing what they did with their money, of course this list disappeared.

Why is it anyone's business what they did with their money? They earned it, paid their taxes, presumably, and are now protecting it from marauding marxist/socialists, why does that bother you? Doothers have a right to their money?

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Why is it anyone's business what they did with their money? They earned it, paid their taxes, presumably, and are now protecting it from marauding marxist/socialists, why does that bother you? Doothers have a right to their money?

Eum, i think you don't fully understand what this list is about. It's about NOT paying their taxes.

Greece: Annual tax evasion is estimated at 40-45 billion euros

Nikos Lekkas' team of tax investigators knew they were on to something when they found that a humble Greek farmer on the island of Thasos owned a red Ferrari and a Porsche.

So far it has been stated that the SDOE discovered that about 55000 greeks made 22 billion euroos disappear during a large investigation.

Im not pro high taxes, but look where Greece is now after decades of corruption. And pretty much everyone was in on it, not just a couple of high ballers. Look what it's doing with Europe. So yes, it is everyone's business what went on.

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Eum, i think you don't fully understand what this list is about. It's about NOT paying their taxes.

Greece: Annual tax evasion is estimated at 40-45 billion euros

Nikos Lekkas' team of tax investigators knew they were on to something when they found that a humble Greek farmer on the island of Thasos owned a red Ferrari and a Porsche.

So far it has been stated that the SDOE discovered that about 55000 greeks made 22 billion euroos disappear during a large investigation.

Im not pro high taxes, but look where Greece is now after decades of corruption. And pretty much everyone was in on it, not just a couple of high ballers. Look what it's doing with Europe. So yes, it is everyone's business what went on.

Ok, read up on it now. Never heard of this thanks.

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