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Germans Paid to Fly to Greece

Germans fed up with the weather could be given State handouts to go on holiday.

Politicians believe the proposal will not only cheer up increasingly down in the dumps citizens but could also help the current Eurozone financial crisis.

Liberal Euro MP Jorgos Chatzimarkakis, of the FDP Party, said: "The terrible summer we’re having in Germany is making people increasingly depressed. Some kind of State bonus will encourage people to travel to countries such as Greece.

"It could be the start of an economic stimulus package. And if there’s one thing you’re guaranteed in Greece, it’s the sun."

The idea has support in the German parliament. Erwin Lotter, vice-chairman of the German-Greek Parliamentary Group, said: "It makes sense to offer some kind of last-minute bonus for holidaymakers to south Europe.

"It would not only help the German people, but also countries like Greece which urgently need a boost in tourism."

Michael Groemling of the Cologne-based German Economic Institute (IW) added: "Tourism is vital for the south European crisis countries. Their economies need every Euro. This is a good idea."

German Herald





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