Dude, I am greek and I work in Belgium, previously in the Netherlands, and you are so, but so wrong. If anything, the amount of time Belgians spend at work is ridiculous, even more compared to employees in Greece. They work so little, that we actually make fun of them. In fact, I don't even know where Belgium finds the money, as practically the state spends on everything there, from social security to public health.
Second, in Greece there have been traffic budget cuts, and everything was fine according to what was asked, it's just that the European plan was futile.
So, please spare me the melodrama, especially given that you come from Belgium.
People used to say that Americans are ignorant. At least, the average American cannot afford to go to the uni, plus they're ignorant of things on different continents. What is the excuse of the Europeans, who seem to have been so brainwashed, without even traces of critical judgment?
The judgemental attitude comes from the same place it comes from in America. In the US, a large portion of the population is vehemently opposed to welfare of any kind. The idea being that if someone needs money, they can damn well work for it. If they don't earn as much per hour, as someone else, tough luck. At the end of the day, the idea is that the free market can and will sort things out. Long term, that attitude may or may not be good fiscal policy, but it is easy to understand, and even easier to justify, after all they are the people actually earning money...
In answer to your statement about time spent working, there is a measure for that.. Funny that the top 10 nations on that list have close to double the productivity of Greece, including France which has a huge handicap by virtue of unemployment rates that rival some third world nations. In spite of that, the Greek pensions are higher than the European average! The reality is that The Greek GDP does not justify those pensions. Good bad or indifferent, the Greek people should expect to take a 40% paycut (including pensioners) based on the numbers that I have been seeing. This is simple standard of living math, and this is the reason the IMF and EU have been so hell bent on austerity and have been targeting pensions specifically. The GDP numbers in the link above mean that the Greek pensioners on average should be getting 20% less per year than their counterparts in the "northern" European countries. That means they should expect to give up a very large portion of their income. One way or another, when the well spring of money dries up, they *will* be taking that paycut.