Soup kitchens and start-ups: Greek bailout era ends

20 August 2018

“We thought about suicide many times”, says Dimitris Koumatsioulis, “because when you reach the edge of a cliff, you either fall off or you grip it and hold on.”
“But we said no – we struggled, and that’s why we’re still here”.
The cliff edge for him loomed in 2011, a year after Greece collapsed into financial crisis, taking his factory Viome with it.
Based in the northern city of Thessaloniki, it produced adhesive for the tiles made in its parent company, Philkeram-Johnson.
A once successful Greek business became an iconic crisis bankruptcy, leaving dozens of workers at risk of losing their livelihoods.