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What's Up With Greece's Envelope Economy?

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Opening up Greece's Envelope Economy

Imagine yourself inside a hospital, facing a matter of life and death, yet the doctors have ignored you and expect a bribe. What do you do?

In Greece, when people are facing a life at risk, all they can do is pay ‘fakelaki’, small bribes to doctors. There seems to be no alternatives. Without ‘fakelaki’ or ‘little envelope’ stuffed with bribes, you can’t get treatment in hospitals, or secure a driving licence.