Another blow to meritocracy

The way in which the country’s political system insists on accommodating and taking care of its cronies is nothing short of infuriating.

The appointment of former PASOK minister and ex-European Energy Commissioner Christos Papoutsis as Greece’s representative to the World Bank which was announced yesterday is an example of this type of insistence.

The appointment was reportedly made following a recommendation by Deputy Prime Minister and PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos.

Evidently Greek government officials could not find a single young professional with several degrees or anyone who has garnered extensive experience in the private sector to fill this particular position.

Then again, even if these people had been put forward, no one would have deemed them appropriate for the job as they yet again opted to accommodate one of their own, a politician whose sole experience is limited to party and ministerial posts.

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