How Hard Do Greeks Work?

Andrew Sullivan —  May 30 2012 @ 8:22am

Not very, say its neighbors:


Leonhardt captions:

In most large European countries, a plurality of people say Germans are the hardest-working Europeans, with a substantial share also saying that Greeks are the least hard-working. Greeks, on the other hand, say Italians are the least hard-working — and view themselves as the hardest working.

But Greeks do work more hours than Germans. Brad Plumer notes the decline of goodwill:  

[W]hat’s perhaps most significant about the Pew surveys is that most Europeans now have a very low opinion of Greece. Back in 2010, 65 percent of the French public felt more or less favorably disposed toward the Greeks. Today, that’s down to 45 percent. Voters in Germany, Spain and Italy take an even dimmer view of their Aegean neighbors. That doesn’t bode well for any future attempts to salvage Greece’s place within the E.U., given that most of the ideas involve handing Greece more free money.