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6 - working days a week, that is.

It has to be one of the best feelings. You wake up early, and groan as you prepare to drag yourself out of bed for work. And then you remember. It’s SATURDAY !!!!! You turn over, and snuggle back under the duvet.

But for Greeks, this blissful moment could soon be a thing of the past. According to a leaked letter from the so-called “Troika” of creditors, the European Commission, the IMF and the European Central Bank, to Greece’s Finance and Labour Ministries, the Greek government will be obliged to increase the maximum number of working days a week to six, in order to help the country pay off its crippling debts. Such metaphorical duvet deprival would no doubt bring protestors to the streets of Athens once again, but it is a measure that the government may have no choice but to implement in order to secure more bailout funds.

Surely such desperate schemes - which many feel will not be sufficient to avert the “Grexit” - and the undeniable suffering of many Greek people - must be the clearest advertisement for closer fiscal union and central bank regulation. A European monitor could prevent governments from racking up such unmanageable debts and would mean that such a catastrophe could never occur again.

Photo : Alarm Clock by Alan Cleaver on flickr, licensed under CC BY 2.0

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