It is a mixed picture from Athens, where the Parliament was debating the implementation of the austerity measures and agreed by two-thirds, in contrast to the throwing of petrol bombs into the paths of the security forces who were standing guard outside the Square, and where the protestors burnt down Starbucks, several elegant buildings, and have caused considerable damage.
No one likes austerity measures, they are very painful, as painful as the newly homeless people sleeping in doorways numbering nearly 20,000 in Greece only recently, the reason people have pleaded for help for the Greek economy. Once the financial situation is stable, with payout of the next bailout instalment, hopefully the Greek citizens will concentrate on rebuilding their economy and welcome visitors to their historic monuments. They must build on their strengths, discard old industries which don't work, and innovate and create what will work in the context of the changes that are sweeping the world. But the Greeks have the advantage of having good climate, great food, magnificent historic sites, and a tradition of great hospitality.
The Greeks are normally a charming, welcoming and humorous people, and hopefully their economy will start to rebuild very soon.
Instead of protesting, they should be playing music and drinking retsina....