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Blame the NYT for the last one:

Vasia Veremi may be only 28, but as a hairdresser in Athens, she is keenly aware that, under a current law that treats her job as hazardous to her health, she has the right to retire with a full pension at age 50.

"I use a hundred different chemicals every day -- dyes, ammonia, you name it," she said. "You think there's no risk in that?"

by Detlef (Detlef1961_at_yahoo_dot_de) on Tue Apr 13th, 2010 at 12:36:19 PM EST
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Are we talking about social security here?

That certainly is ridiculous but I can't follow the article. The article makes claims about unions getting these sweet deals for workers, so are we talking about union pensions? And what union negotiates with the gov't over hairdressers. There doesn't seem to be clarity in that article, and it's surprising since the writer is Greek, and he doesn't seem to be aware that the Greek retirement age for gov't workers has been raised, as has the age for social security, and gov't pensions have been slashed. I know that was written over a month ago, but the changes came prior to that.

by Upstate NY on Tue Apr 13th, 2010 at 12:42:10 PM EST
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I should add that this is all moot anyway since both in German papers and the FT article I linked to above, it's pointed out that Germany will profit from the loans.

One area that Greece could legally take German money to fund this woman's hairdye risks is by applying for the $20 billion in EU funds allocated to it for the period of 2007 to 2013, but reports are that Greece is so dysfunctional that it only manages to secure 10% of its allocation, as opposed to 70% in Belgium, 70% of a much larger pie.

by Upstate NY on Tue Apr 13th, 2010 at 12:45:18 PM EST
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