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18199Troika Wants Greece To Cut Priests’ Pay

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    Jul 15, 2013
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      Troika Wants Greece To Cut Priests� Pay

      Christina Flora Jul 15th, 2013

      The Greek government is being squeezed by international lenders to slash
      the salaries of about 9,500 priests to meet demands from international
      lenders to keep reducing expenditures, which could lead to resistance
      from the Church and clerics. There is no separation of Church and State
      in Greece.

      According to a report in the newspaper Parapolitika, representatives of
      the lenders revived the proposal that had been set in 2011 to the
      government of then premier George Papandreou, according to which the
      state should stop paying the salaries of priests or at best to share it
      with the Church.

      The state puts up about 200 million euros ($216.36 million) to pay the
      salaries of the priests and there is confusion over whether the plan
      would reduce the state�s share, or could lead to the Church having to
      decide whether to pick up the costs or start firing priests the same way
      the government is going ahead with a proposal to dismiss as many as
      27,500 public workers.

      *Source: *Greek Reporter

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