Mis­taken pri­or­i­ties

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At a time when the most press­ing de­mands are to cre­ate con­di­tions for eco­nomic growth and to at­tract in­vest­ment to the coun­try, the gov­ern­ment – be­holden to its ide­o­log­i­cal hang-ups – con­tin­ues to ex­pend all its ef­fort and in­ge­nu­ity on how it will in­crease its po­lit­i­cal clien­tele by mak­ing use of the state. That is why it is flirt­ing with fixedterm con­tract work­ers, promis­ing them per­ma­nent po­si­tions. It also ex­plains why the gov­ern­ment is by­pass­ing the Court of Au­dit for cer­tain pay­ments. Fur­ther­more, it is the rea­son be­hind the de­lays in pri­va­ti­za­tions, cre­ated by the ob­sta­cles re­peat­edly thrown into their path. This has been ev­i­dent in the dif­fi­cul­ties en­coun­tered by the in­vestors try­ing to com­plete the projects for the re­gional air­ports and the for­mer Athens air­port at Elliniko in the city’s south­ern sub­urbs. In this way, the gov­ern­ment chooses to serve its petty po­lit­i­cal needs while ig­nor­ing the dam­age that it is do­ing to an econ­omy that is sink­ing fur­ther into the mire.

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