There was a very good piece on Al Jazeera about the role of the media in portraying the situation in Greece as though it was all the fault of lazy Greek workers.
As the film shows, in fact, the average Greek worker retires aged 61, which is older than the average in Germany or Britain. The average Greek worker also works more hours per week than in Britain. And, in reality, of course, everyone has known that the problems in Greece were not due to lazy Greek workers, or over paid Greek workers. A look at Greece shows that the majority of people certainly cannot be described as affluent. The real problem in Greece, similar to in much of Europe, is that at a time when Asian economies are out-competing much of the West, the lack of investment, and consequent lack of competitiveness of economies like Greece becomes even more obvious. The lack of competitiveness is not the responsibility of the workers, but a result of lack of investment, and an economy that has not been structured to meet the needs of Global Capitalist Competition. That now cannot be done by Greece alone. It will require an EU wide solution.