Our own worst enemies

A new study has come to exemplify the cliche notion that Greeks find it easier to excel abroad, where they fare much better than they do at home.

According to research by epidemiologist John P.A. Ioannidis of Stanford University, about 3 percent of the world’s most influential scientists are Greek, although Greeks only make up between 0.15-0.20 percent of the globe’s population of 6.9 billion. At the same time, up to 85 percent of top scientists born in Greece currently live outside the country’s borders.

Greek scientists do well when they are in an environment of discipline, meritocracy and healthy competition. They make progress regardless of party tags or family names.

Greeks have many talents that have for years been squashed by nepotism and partisan exchanges.

It is up to us to change this and to lure the brightest Greek minds back to their country.