A country in a state of emergency…

When the news impose stories – like the overwhelmed with sadness and problems municipality of Mandra in Attica – the rest of the major issues seem to move back, staying in the shadows of obscurity. During the past 15 days, apart from the deadliest flood in West Attica, the Greek political scene seems to be preoccupied with the issue of the distribution of the social dividend, the extinction or protection of the middle class, the new centre-left party, the Paradise Papers and the sale of war material in Saudi Arabia with or without a middle man…

Financial and social Issues that have an effect on the real economy and that can actually change Greece’s image at a rapid pace have been side-lined. Just like the development model of Greece. How and where the country will invest to create stable, evolving, well-paid jobs. With all the scandals, the blame game, the accusations and the confrontations the country is losing its pace and is missing its goals. The goals of the next day, of the next few months and next years. It seems to consume and spend its present capabilities while at the same time lowering its future potential.

The whole country seems to be involved in this, both the government and opposition, debating over the distribution of a one-off allowance that a significant section of Greek society while receive, while at the same time not dealing with the most important and pressing issues such as how to make the primary and secondary sector of our economy more competitive. Do we want agricultural production, livestock farming and processing, as basic, competitive pillars of our economy, or do we prefer to place our full weight upon the provision of services, for example in the tourism industry?

Very often there are reports in the media, all over the country, about very successful entrepreneurs who came to Greece a years ago as visitors, mainly from the European north, who have created a number of industrial and innovative processing units for olive, cheese, honey, fruit, juice and, in general, agricultural products. It is interesting that although they do not know each other, they use almost the same words. They talk about Greece, calling it a rough diamond, a heavenly place, a pristine land that you can invest in very high quality products. This is what foreigners say… It is about time that locals say the same thing. But in order to say it, they must feel it too. They must recover their lost optimism, which is long gone ever since the Memoranda came into effect…

The country has been in a state of emergency since the beginning of the Memoranda. We have been plagued by floods and fire, at the same time. Suffering casualties, in institutions and people alike. Having “lost” many of our brilliant minds and scientists, stuck on the first floor, forever tucked away into a state of criminal negligence. Just like Western Attica.

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