OPINION

Loosening the grip of gangs

Greece is a mess for good reason as for the past 30 years, the way elected governments rule has been influenced by organized gangs that have used gangster-style methods to impose their whim.

Greek soccer is one such area that has been managed by a criminal underworld. Many media groups have been in the grips of extortionists and mud-slingers who have kept politicians, judges and entrepreneurs hostage so that they could ensure huge profits without suffering form the consequences of the law. Unions were held ransom to vested interests that defended unlawful benefits by way of blackmail. The situation was similar at the heart of the state apparatus, such as at the tax offices, town planning departments and the OPAP betting agency. Unless Greece clamps down on these gangs it will never bounce back, though there is hope in the fact that some young judges and politicians are ready to take on the task.