OPINION

The public role of business

In order to function properly, a country needs the services of successful businessmen as well as a governing elite.

The lingering economic crisis has brutally exposed the absence of an entrepreneurial class that could provide some assistance to those who are suffering and put forward concrete proposals for rebuilding the debt-wracked country, without giving in to the sirens of populism.

Sadly, the Greek business elite has for the most part failed to rise to the challenge. It?s not just the ?others? who are responsible for the country?s current mess, as they seem to suggest. The inconvenient truth is that the country?s entrepreneurs had grown comfortable over the years and left things to take their course.

We are not referring here to the state-dependent and sleaze-ridden enterprises, but rather the worthy and independent merchants and manufacturers out there who must finally start to make a positive contribution to public affairs.