The Greek Debt Crisis Through Graffiti

Europe without Greece is like a party without drugs, by Cacao Rocks
Art by Cacao Rocks in Athens. (Photo: Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP/Getty Images via The Guardian)

As the Greek debt crisis festers, street art is one way the troubled country’s denizens are expressing their anger, despair and disbelief at the situation.

Things are bleak in Greece, as anyone with the internet or television surely knows by now. Unemployment has skyrocketed to nearly 26 percent and last Tuesday the country defaulted on a $1.7 billion loan (€1.5 billion)—the first developed country to do so. Greece is currently on the hook for €323 billion, BBC reports, and has limited how much cash citizens can withdraw each day to €60.

And no agreement is within sight. On Sunday, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras issued a public referendum on whether Greece should accept further austerity measures in exchange for bailout funds from international creditors. A majority voted no.

Eurozone finance ministers held an emergency summit in Brussels on Tuesday to figure out how to move forward. Alas, the newly appointed finance minster arrived without a bailout proposal, postponing the deal until Wednesday, according to The New York Times.

The crisis is rocking not only international markets, as we wait to hear the final verdict on whether Greece will remain in the EU, but also the Greek population.

And what happens when you have a largely unemployed, disgruntled populace? The answer is graffiti, notes The Guardian. A lot of which is funny, smart, sad or poignant (see photos below).

"Greek Debt Crisis means cuts." (Photo: Acid Midget)
“Greek Debt Crisis means cuts” by Bleeps in Athens. (Photo: Acid Midget)
A mural in Athens, unknown artist. (Photo: Courtesy of Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP via Getty Images via Bloomberg)
Nein Mural by N_Grams
Mural by N_Grams in Athens. (Photo: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters via The Guardian)
"Mrs. Merkel We Still Love You" Greek bailout art
Mural by unknown artist in Athens. (Photo: AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis via Mashable)
(Photo: via Widewalls)
Greek art by EX!T and N_Grams
Two murals: street artist EX!T made the cage on the right, and N_Grams made the one on the left. (Photo: Courtesy of AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris via Mashable)
Always Hungry Greek Street Art
(Photo: via Widewalls)
Greece Bailout Graffiti
(Photo: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters/Corbis via Widewalls)
(Photo: via Widewalls)
(Photo: Socrates Baltagiannis/dpa/Corbis)
(Photo: Socrates Baltagiannis/dpa/Corbis via the Guardian)
The Greek Debt Crisis Through Graffiti