OPINION

A lack of answers to serious questions

Much is said in the political arena on a daily basis about our public deficit, growth, inflation, flagging investment and bureaucracy. And indeed, these are all serious problems which should be debated. But for how long are Greece’s politicians going to continue talking to themselves? Despite all that has been said and written by our politicians regarding national development, there is still a distinct lack of answers to serious questions regarding Greece’s general prospects in a rapidly changing international environment. Even if we assume that our political leadership can succeed in bringing the country’s fiscal situation under control, organize its public administration and create a more favorable environment for investors over the next two or three years, how certain can we be that it will also significantly increase our productive base? How will it be able to improve our position regarding the international division of labor? There is still no public debate in this country regarding Greece’s geopolitical and geoeconomic prospects – at least for the next decade – in view of its location amid a quickly developing Balkan region and its proximity to European candidate Turkey… Overall, there has been no essential assessment of the factors determining Greece’s long-term goals within an evolving international environment…