Oil Tax Forces Greeks to Fight Winter With Fire

Posted by Robyn, February 9, 2013

In her fourth-floor apartment here, Valy Pantelemidou, 37, a speech therapist, is, like many other Greeks, trying to save money on heating oil by using her fireplace to stay warm.

Unemployment is at a record high of 26.8 percent in Greece, and many people have had their salaries and pensions cut, but those are not the main reasons so few residents here can afford heating oil. In the fall, the Greek government raised the taxes on heating oil by 450 percent.

via Oil Tax Forces Greeks to Fight Winter With Fire – NYTimes.com.