Loos­en­ing the grip of gangs

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

Greece is a mess for good rea­son as for the past 30 years, the way elected gov­ern­ments rule has been in­flu­enced by or­ga­nized gangs that have used gang­ster-style meth­ods to im­pose their whim. Greek soc­cer is one such area that has been man­aged by a crim­i­nal un­der­world. Many me­dia groups have been in the grips of ex­tor­tion­ists and mud-slingers who have kept politi­cians, judges and en­trepreneurs hostage so that they could en­sure huge prof­its with­out suf­fer­ing form the con­se­quences of the law. Unions were held ran­som to vested in­ter­ests that de­fended un­law­ful ben­e­fits by way of black­mail. The sit­u­a­tion was sim­i­lar at the heart of the state ap­pa­ra­tus, such as at the tax of­fices, town plan­ning de­part­ments and the OPAP bet­ting agency. Un­less Greece clamps down on these gangs it will never bounce back, though there is hope in the fact that some young judges and politi­cians are ready to take on the task.

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