Yup, its a problem that has been studied for years by macroeconomists and development theorists - why is Greece's culture of corruption so engrained? It does go back to the Ottomans who ruled through a combination of stifling bureacracy, neglect and institutionalised bribery. Evading taxes became an heroic act against an occupier. Greeks also developed a culture of who-you-know, where everything, even a rubbish collectors job, depended on having a "godfather" or sponsor to help you so they could both exploit the Ottoman system and also avoid it, if necessary. That didnt change after independence.it was well before the EU or indeed the Euro was thought of
You can blame the Ottoman Empire, just like we can blame the Brits for our lax attitude to paying taxes and generally fecking over the State if we get half a chance.
Sheesh. I feel like a history professor. Which, compared to you, I guess I am.
The problem is to overcome that you would need an almost unimaginable transformation - a new state, with incorruptible public servants and a change in mind-set, which would make individuals completely over-haul their personal behaviour and attitude to authority. Syrizia is still looking after its main client group - the civil service - so Greeks think, hey, whats in it for me?