Unpaid taxes on the rise


first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greeks failed to pay taxes totalling over 9.2 billion euros last year according to data presented this week by the Finance Ministry, although the country’s creditors deem the performance of the tax collection mechanism for 2013 as significant given the fact that its restructuring was delayed.The new expired debts to the state created in 2013 amounted to 9.27 billion euros, from 8.26 billion at end-November – that is an increase of 1.01 billion in just one month. Just 18.69 per cent of that has been collected, totalling 1.68 billion euros. According to the bailout agreement, authorities should have collected 24.5 per cent.The old debts came to 53 billion euros, after the collection of 1.52 billion from previous years’ debts, against a target for 1.9 billion.The number of regular tax checks on major enterprises reached 324, compared to a target of 596.Source: ekathimerinilast_img read more

Jayne Just accept it we white men are not the oppressed ones


first_img I’m just not that aggrieved.Goodness knows, I’ve tried, doing all I can to convince myself that the world is conspiring against me. I’ve watched Fox News. I’ve read the “men’s rights” thread on Reddit. I’ve even seen a syndicated columnist who told me, “There’s a war on men in America today.”Oooo, scary. But I’m just not that aggrieved.This might sound surprising. Because I am a white male, I have many, many role models rushing to say that modern American society is stacked against me and that femi-Nazis are trying to emasculate me and that liberals are marginalizing me. Which is an odd stance to take, considering that white men have controlled American society since, well, since they arrived.When 44 people have been president of the United States (one of them served twice) and 43 of them have been white men, it’s difficult to argue that we are the oppressed ones. When I don’t have to worry about getting pulled over because of my skin color, or unwanted touching in the workplace, or being told to go back where I came from, I have difficulty working up a frothing grievance.Which brings us to a new commercial from Procter & Gamble for Gillette razors. If I had tried to predict the next battlefront in the culture wars, I would not have suspected razors. Maybe beer, or something else that is essential to humanity, but not razors.Anyway, the commercial shows young boys bullying each other and older men touching women’s shoulders in a business meeting and suburban dads repeatedly saying “boys will be boys.” A voice-over intones the slogan, “Is this the best a man can get?” Greg Jayne, Opinion page editorlast_img read more