Foreign investors scent profits as Greece sells off the family silver

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An increase in charges and a fall in the quality of service. That is the scenario feared by those opposing the privatisation of the water companies servicing the Greek capital Athens and the country's second city Thessalonika. “Water is public property, it's not merchandise,” says musician Maria Kanellopoulou, a member of the Save Greek Water group which was set up last year to stop the sell-off of the companies EYDAP in Athens and EYATH in Thessalonika.