OPINION

Mending country’s image

Greece’s image abroad has suffered a serious blow following the widespread riots in December and the recent terrorist attacks against the police. But the country has also experienced an impressive rise in crime, which is truly worrying. The damage caused by this succession of unfortunate events is considerable and is bound to have a negative effect on the economy and on tourism in these critical financial times. If we want the damage to be mitigated, the government must immediately come up with a plan that will prevent any further implications. The first part of this plan should involve close cooperation with foreign partners, while the second should take the form of an international diplomatic and publicity campaign that will help play down the damage and put people’s minds at ease. Greece needs to seek help from its friends and partners if it wants to deal with such serious matters of public safety, but for this to happen, the government must place the right people in the key positions, just like in the runup to the Athens Olympic Games in 2004.