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Me and motorcade no.30

Vehicle bailout package


Being a Hellenic head of state isn’t as glamorous as it used to be. During the 1970s, Greek prime ministers were chauffeured in a customised Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow and had access to a presidential yacht donated by the Onassis shipping dynasty. These days the country’s presidential convoy reflects widespread austerity.

When former prime minister George Papandreou came to power in 2009 he asked each minister to trade their Mercedes w221 for a hybrid Toyota Prius. Some even ended…



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