Wanted: For­eign in­vest­ment

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY ALEXIS PAPACHELAS

gether Messinia and Har­vard Busi­ness School. It is how­ever safe to say that the recipe broke a big ta­boo at the time. Pre­vi­ously, even con­ser­va­tive lead­ers avoided meet­ing with for­eign in­vestors in pub­lic be­cause they were con­cerned that do­ing so would in­flict po­lit­i­cal dam­age. That at­ti­tude changed dur­ing Sa­ma­ras’s ten­ure and, it must be said, the doors of Max­i­mos Man­sion are these days open to any­one who wants to in­vest in this coun­try. Alexis Tsipras, the coun­try’s left-wing leader, has left his old habits be­hind – although not al­ways con­vinc­ingly so. At the same time, the prime min­is­ter is sur­rounded by old-school left­ists re­volt­ing against ev­ery pri­va­ti­za­tion and in­vest­ment plan. His aides are con­stantly try­ing to douse the flames that con­tinue to erupt here and there. Per­haps he will never re­ally ad­just to the role. It is against his po­lit­i­cal DNA, which makes him feel more at home in Ha­vana or when promis­ing hand­outs to the elec­torate. The prob­lem is that with­out in­vest­ments and money from out­side, we won’t get any­where – nei­ther the coun­try nor Tsipras. In­vestors do not have the pa­tience to un­der­stand the in­ner prob­lems dog­ging the gov­ern­ment or the party it­self. The prospect of a con­ser­va­tive vic­tory in the next elec­tion surely spurs some de­gree of op­ti­mism among in­ter­na­tional in­vestors. It would

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