German tax collectors willing to help in Athens

first_imgMore than 160 German financial services executives are willing to go to Greece in order to strengthen the Greek tax system, according to a report published in the German magazine Wirtschafts Woche. The magazine cites German deputy finance minister Hans Bernhard Beus, who explains that a key factor is the knowledge of a foreign language – some of them speak Greek – while the return to active duty of retired tax collectors should not be ruled out. Many come from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, whose finance minister, Norbert Walter-Borjans, compares Greece with 90s East Germany, noting that even the East Germans at the time were suspicious towards the West. “In Greece suspicion will be greater, in part because of the inappropriate language used by some in Germany,” he said. The article also refers to a confidential report from the European Commission, according to which the mechanism of tax collection in Greece is especially problematic. Source: Athens News Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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