The IMF accused the Greeks of not paying taxes and found tough responses
May 27, 2012
From France, Greece and the rest of the world generated a strong opposition to the words of Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund, who hinted that the Greeks do not come out of the crisis because they do not pay taxes.
“In regard to Athens, I think of all those people trying to avoid taxes all the time. I think they should collectively help, paying all their taxes,” Lagarde said.
In this regard, Najat Belkacem Vallaud-spokesman of the new socialist government of France said that the opinion of Lagarde was “a bit cartoonish and sketchy.”
Meanwhile, in Greece, PASOK (ex-government, socialist) said, through their leader, that “No one can humiliate the Greek people during the crisis and I speak in particular to Mrs Lagarde (…) who insulted the Greeks. “
Furthermore, the candidate of Syriza, Alexis Tsipras said that “the Greek workers pay taxes,” which described as “unbearable”.
“In regard to tax evasion, [Lagarde] would have to ask to PASOK and New Democracy to explain why they do not claim anything to big business and pursue other basic worker for two years,” he concluded.