Wednesday October 22, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
24o C
14o 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.

It’s 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)  
Careful what you wish for
Taking care of our key industry
The ECB collateral for Greece must be lowered to 5 pct
The past, present and future of the Greek debt crisis
Fallen tree, smashup cause traffic jams in Athens
A tree caused a massive traffic bottleneck that lasted hours on Kifissias Avenue, north of Athens, after it fell on live power lines on Wednesday morning. Two of the three southbound lanes w...
EU´s Juncker pledges investment plan for jobs
The incoming head of the EU executive, Jean-Claude Juncker, told the European Parliament on Wednesday that he would present his 300-billion-euro plan for investment to bolster growth and job...
Inside News
Prudential holds on to shorter-maturity Greek bonds amid selloff
Prudential Financial Inc. held on to its Greek government bonds that are due in five years or less even as the nation’s securities last week dropped the most in a year. There’s a good chance...
Taprantzis resigns from privatization agency TAIPED
Andreas Taprantzis has stepped down as executive director at Greece's privatization agency TAIPED, a statement said Wednesday. The reasons for his resignation were not made public. TAIPED sa...
Inside Business
BASKETBALL
PAOK fans stop coach Markopoulos´s move to Olympiakos
Olympiakos is once again in the lookout for a new coach after the refusal of PAOK to release Soulis Markopoulos, while Panathinaikos defeated Kolossos on Rhodes on Monday to become the only ...
BASKETBALL
Reds lose to Nea Kifissia, search for new coach
Nea Kifissia recorded the biggest win of its short history in the top flight defeating Olympiakos 68-67 on Sunday, in a Basket League weekend marred by the abandonment of the Thessaloniki de...
Inside Sports
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Fallen tree, smashup cause traffic jams in Athens
2. Prudential holds on to shorter-maturity Greek bonds amid selloff
3. EU´s Juncker pledges investment plan for jobs
4. Taprantzis resigns from privatization agency TAIPED
5. Cyprus to block Turkey´s EU talks after EEZ violation
6. Juncker’s EU commission team set for parliamentary green light
more news
Today
This Week
1. Juncker’s EU commission team set for parliamentary green light
2. Cyprus to block Turkey's EU talks after EEZ violation
3. Taprantzis resigns from privatization agency TAIPED
4. EU's Juncker pledges investment plan for jobs
5. Prudential holds on to shorter-maturity Greek bonds amid selloff
6. Fallen tree, smashup cause traffic jams in Athens
Today
This Week
1. Possible third figure in Amphipolis mosaic may be uncovered shortly
2. Istanbul skyscraper casts shadow over Greece's banking ambitions
3. Coalition shooting itself in the foot
4. GPO poll gives SYRIZA clear lead over New Democracy
5. Greece must stick to reforms, says Schaeuble
6. Greece’s closed society is central to its current malaise
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.