The key to a mod­ern state

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If his­tory is any guide, the un­der­min­ing of the coun­try’s in­sti­tu­tions by the un­scrupu­lous left­ist-led gov­ern­ment will have se­ri­ous con­se­quences on the in­tegrity of the Greek state. Dur­ing the 1980s, the ex­plo­sion of pop­ulism un­der two con­sec­u­tive so­cial­ist ad­min­is­tra­tions left the pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion and univer­sity in­sti­tu­tions in sham­bles. Ef­forts have since been made to cor­rect at least some of the mis­takes, to in­tro­duce a cer­tain level of mer­i­toc­racy, and to re­form the largely dys­func­tional ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem. Now the rul­ing SYRIZA party wants to re­vive the ills of that con­tro­ver­sial pe­riod with the aim of serv­ing party cronies and vested in­ter­ests. Do­ing so will have dev­as­tat­ing con­se­quences for Greece. This can only be stopped by an al­liance of healthy po­lit­i­cal forces ral­lied around the goal of mak­ing Greece a mod­ern Euro­pean state. And the start­ing point of this cam­paign can only be a solid ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem and pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion.

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