In­vest­ment ob­ses­sions

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The pri­va­ti­za­tion of the port of Pi­raeus was one of sev­eral ma­jor in­vest­ment projects in Greece that was fiercely bat­tled by op­po­nents. Nev­er­the­less, the project went ahead and to­day the coun­try’s big­gest port is bring­ing in much-needed rev­enues and cre­at­ing jobs. Yet the naysay­ers do not seem to have learned their les­son from this ex­am­ple and they don’t ap­pear to have drawn any con­clu­sions. An­other ma­jor in­vest­ment, the sale of the for­mer air­port at Elliniko on Athens’s south­ern coast, has been up in the air for years, en­snarled in red tape and op­posed by dif­fer­ent groups har­bor­ing all sorts of out­dated ob­ses­sions. The gov­ern­ment, from the prime min­is­ter on down, claims to be keen to see this project go ahead, but it seems un­able to get the mes­sage through to the of­fi­cials at the var­i­ous min­istries and state ser­vices who have their own agenda and who are stuck back in the days when rul­ing SYRIZA was polling at 4 per­cent.

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