Greek seaside town highlights unemployment drama


Nicholas Paphitis
AP
February 13, 2014

For Perama, the ships have sailed.

This working class town at Athens’ western tip once hosted some of the busiest shipyards in Greece, a maritime country with one of the world’s biggest shipping industries.

Wages were good and jobs plentiful. Apartment blocks were built quickly along a steep, sea-facing hill from whose heights 2,500 years ago a Persian king watched the destruction of his invading fleet off Salamis island, in one of history’s most famous naval battles.

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