OPINION

Unshackle the job creators

Unemployment is the biggest problem plaguing Greek society right now. Joblessness is most acute among the young, a large number of whom have been pushed to the fringes of society — with all the risks that this entails. Many have been forced to emigrate in search of a better future.

However, if we want to solve this problem, if we really want jobs for the thousands of people who need them, we first have to help those who have the ability and the desire to create them.

So far, this has not been the case. Quite the opposite in fact: The state has turned this country into an unfriendly one for entrepreneurship and private investment, widespread corruption and oligopolies suffocate any fresh initiative, and reactionary unionist practices work to undermine employment.

Solving the debt crisis and liquidity problem will not help remedy Greece?s high unemployment. First we need to change the way we think and the way we deal with new investments and business initiatives.