A bit­ter let­down

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

The gov­ern­ment’s choices for the man­age­ment of the Stavros Niar­chos Foun­da­tion Cul­tural Cen­ter, pos­si­bly the big­gest pub­lic ben­e­fit project Greece has seen since the start of the cri­sis, are not only deeply dis­ap­point­ing but are also cause for con­cern. Any rea­son­able and wellmean­ing cit­i­zen would have ex­pected the gov­ern­ment to se­lect peo­ple for the posts based on the pub­lic in­ter­est, not in or­der to pro­vide cronies with cushy jobs. The SNFCC project, as we have re­peat­edly stressed, be­longs to the Greek peo­ple, not to po­lit­i­cal par­ties or un­scrupu­lous politi­cians. This cul­tural cen­ter rep­re­sents an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity – both by its ex­is­tence and by how it is run – for the coun­try to show that it is ca­pa­ble of turn­ing over a new leaf, that it re­spects mer­i­toc­racy and ex­cel­lence. If the gov­ern­ment is so ea­ger to find its cronies a job, it should look else­where.

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