Premise: I'm not an expert in politics nor in economics, nor I am Greek. It just happens that I've spent the last 5 months in Greece, heard a lot of stories from common peoples, and failed to understand the logic behind the actions I've been told the Greek government took once the financial crisis arose. Thus, this question.
What I gathered:
To counter the public debt problem, the government raised the income taxes and the VAT (OK, this more or less make sense).
Then, the national minimum wage has been lowered to around 450 euros net without a safety net. What I mean, they didn't just lower the public one, they lowered the national and allowed private companies to freely lower all the wages to the new minimum. Many of my current friends went from 1200-1500 euros a month to 450 euros a month, without a chance to argue against it.
With a lot of national products to export, the lowest paid workforce in all Europe and non existing roads, one of the first things they decided to sacrifice has been the railroad system to start building highways. Not that there was a good railroad system before, but totally shutting it down means that you are cutting your own legs and that the day you'll need it back again you'll have to spend tons of money to rebuild it from zero.
What are the rationales behind these decisions, if any?