The Greeks do not need sympathy but support. This is truly a European crisis and, if the Greek disaster was resolved in the interests of working people, the rest of Europe would also benefit. There is no doubt that Greece needs root-and-branch change, but the necessary reform is unlikely to be delivered by the dominant social layers. They are precisely the people who do not pay taxes, have the closest connections with the state, possess extensive networks of patronage and are desperate to remain in the monetary union. Genuine reform in Greece must be led by the working people who pay their taxes meticulously and suffer from corruption and patronage. Greece's notorious aversion to paying taxes will be cured only if there is profound social and political change.