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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-03-11

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  • [01] Majority of Greeks believe geopolitics are to blame for refugee crisis-poll

  • [01] Majority of Greeks believe geopolitics are to blame for refugee crisis-poll

    The majority of Greeks believe geopolitical developments are to blame for the refugee crisis, while only a small fraction shift the blame on the government a poll conducted by Palmos Analysis and published in newspaper Efimeritha ton Syntakton found on Friday.

    According to the poll, 58 pct of those questioned say geopolitics are responsible for the jump in refugee and migrant arrivals to Europe, while 61 pct agree with the Greek government invoking the veto. Only 19 pct say the government is to blame.

    Concerning reforms in social security, 59 pct of respondents said they view as positive a proposal to attach a growth clause to pensions. Another 59 pct want to maintain the public character of social security, against a 31 pct who wants to develop private insurance.

    The survey also found that 61 pct of participants agree with the government's proposal to allow the self-employed to pay their social security contributions depending on their income and not with their years they've been insured and another 71 pct believe the government must protect pensions by any means. Only 17 pct thinks the government must implement a zero-deficit clause.

    Asked about the new TV licensing law, 79 pct of those questioned believe the operating status of private channels of the last 25 years is not transparent and does not preclude cases of vested interests. A 73 pct consider the TV channels do not contribute to the objective information of the public and 64 pct believe the government's priority on the issue should be to stop vested interests. Only 29 pct think the priority should be to keep all existing channels open. Another 67 pct are positive towards the government's initiative to hold an international tender for licensing.

    On the Borjans list of Greek bank depositors, 65 pct of participants believe the former coalition government of New Democracy and Pasok shares the blame on issues of tax evasion and vested interests.

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