Friday April 25, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
22o C
12o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Wanted: A new narrative for the nation

By Alexis Papachelas

What Greece really needs right now is a fully-fledged plan to regenerate the nation. People are in despair. Some over the extra taxes they are forced to pay at the end of each month, and others because they simply cannot afford to pay the emergency property tax on their house.

The conservative-led government, or rather the prime minister plus a handful of deputies, are fighting against the odds. Meanwhile, in the background, a brutal war rages among competing interests as the coming months are expected to determine the viability of many once-key players.

This is taking place as the debt-wracked country walks a tightrope between 20-year-olds armed with assault rifles on the one hand and phenomena that are uncomfortably reminiscent of the 1930s on the other. One or two wrong steps and we will be dangerously close to the abyss of violence and self-destruction.

So, given these conditions, is this a time to come up with big plans for the nation, to have a long-term vision? The answer is yes. Every country needs a convincing narrative about where it wants to go.

Instead, Greeks seem to be caught up in a vicious cycle. Half are defending every decision taken from above as being in line with staying true to the obligations deriving from the bailout agreement. The others nourish the illusion that pressure on us will gradually ease because the IMF has admitted it made a mistake in the bailout recipe.

What we need right now is a national strategy on the fundamentals. Do we want Athens to become a key European destination? Do we want Greek farmers to finally move into the future? Do we wish to turn the country into a logistics hub for southern Europe? Do we want private and public universities that produce graduates who have what it takes to find employment in tourism or shipping, and to attract foreign students? Do we want an energy policy that can help local production and exports?

If we want Greece to be a different country then we need to invite renowned experts in each particular field, away from petty interests and ailing lobbies, to hammer out a plan that will be served by everyone including the state, the banks and the unions.

Its not an awfully difficult thing to achieve. But it demands that we turn our backs on self-pity, division and intolerance, and see how we can make this country better. Our biggest asset, if we set our minds to it, will be the incomparable combination of Greek stubbornness and ingenuity.

ekathimerini.com , Tuesday February 5, 2013 (14:51)  
At the mercy of fools
Putting the party above the country
Strong card in debt talks
Its too soon for Europe to declare victory
Veteran leftist Glezos, 91, says standing in Euro elections out of duty
Manonlis Glezos, a veteran SYRIZA MP and World War Two hero, said on Friday that he is standing in European Parliament elections next month out of duty despite his age of 91. "In the dismal ...
Work at new Athens cultural center gathering pace
It was revealed on Thursday that the outer shell of buildings at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center should be completed by July 28. The planting of trees and shrubs on the 17-he...
Inside News
Ellaktor lands major Doha metro project
Ellaktor subsidiary Aktor has secured the biggest construction project ever obtained by a Greek company abroad by signing the contract for the study and construction of the Gold Line Undergr...
World seeks produce from Greece
Honey from Greece is considered a worthy wedding present in Japan. Elsewhere in Asia, gifts of Greek melons are wrapped up in packaging normally associated with jewelry. This countrys fish ...
Inside Business
SOCCER
4,000 officers to police Greek Cup final
Police says it will ban mass gatherings in central Athens amid heavy security measures planned for Saturday's Greek Cup final between Panathinaikos and PAOK at the Olympic Stadium. More than...
BASKETBALL
Never underestimate the Greek hoopsters
Olympiakos and Panathinaikos, who between them have won the last three European crowns, won again at home on Wednesday to take their Euroleague play-off series with Real Madrid and CSKA Mosc...
Inside Sports
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
RECENT NEWS
1. Veteran leftist Glezos, 91, says standing in Euro elections out of duty
2. Ellaktor lands major Doha metro project
3. World seeks produce from Greece
4. Eurobank opens book for capital increase
5. Govt presents its growth model for the coming years
6. Work at new Athens cultural center gathering pace
more news
Today
This Week
1. Ellaktor lands major Doha metro project
2. Veteran leftist Glezos, 91, says standing in Euro elections out of duty
3. Putting the party above the country
4. Three missing from cargo ship that went down off Crete
5. Central Athens cleanup a sign of Greece's turnaround
6. Strong card in debt talks
Today
This Week
1. Greece startup leaders say they cant break jobless cycle alone
2. Ground-breaking Good Friday mass signals thaw in Cyprus
3. Mayoral candidates clash over Athens mosque plans
4. Putting the party above the country
5. Government looks to kick on
6. Greece offers to help find Turkish F-16 lost in 1996
Find us ...
... on
Twitter
... on Facebook
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.