It?s a cliche, but that doesn?t make it any less true: We live on one of the most premium pieces of land, but we are unable to protect or develop it. Walking around the historic center these days, you?ll see tourists enjoying the city and our great legacy. Cafes, shops and hotels are full of life and thousands of our fellow citizens are happy to make a living out of tourism.
That said, Athens has not yet fully recovered from the damage caused by riots, violence and crime. We must find a way to protect the city, the jobs and the businessmen without compromising the right to demonstrate or strike. One solution would be to impose a moratorium on strikes that affect tourism from May to September.
Parties and unions could agree that no protest rallies should take place in the center during the summer. We must stop shooting ourselves in the foot and turn Greece into a normal country that respects its great legacy.