Impoverished Greece should sell islands 經濟拮据的希臘應出售小島

Bankruptcy-threatened Greece should sell some of its uninhabited islands to raise cash, two allies of Chancellor Angela Merkel said.


"The Greek state must sell stakes in companies and also assets such as, for example, unpopulated islands," Frank Schaeffler, a member of parliament for the pro-business Free Democrats, Merkel’s coalition partner, told the Bild daily.


A member of Merkel’s own conservative CDU party, Marco Wanderwitz, said Athens should provide collateral for any money it receives from the European Union to help it out of its debt crisis. "In this case, certain Greek islands also come into question," added Wanderwitz.


"We give you cash, you give us Corfu," the Bild commented.


Greece has around 6,000 islands off its coast, of which only 227 are inhabited, according to the country’s National Tourism Office website.


The cash-strapped country recently launched a fresh round of draconian austerity measures in a bid to rein in a ballooning budget deficit that is more than four times above EU limits.



raise:動詞,在本文中指籌款、或指招募、集結,如They are raising money from the neighbors for a charity.(他們替慈善機構向鄰居們募款。)

cash- strapped:形容詞,指缺少現金的、缺錢的,如cash-strapped universities(經費不足的大學),strapped指極為需要、短少的,如I’d love to come with you, but I’m afraid I’m a bit strapped (for cash) at the moment.(我真的很想跟你一起來,但我目前恐怕手頭有點緊。)

draconian:形容詞,正式用語,指(法律、政府行動等)極為嚴 厲的、殘酷的,如He criticized the draconian measures taken by the police in controlling the demonstrators.(他對警方控制示威者時所使用的過度嚴苛手段提出批評。)

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