Too much pro­cras­ti­na­tion

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY ALEXIS PAPACHELAS

in for­eign mar­kets at much higher prices. Fifty-six years later, we are still talk­ing about the same things. I’ve heard at least three can­di­date prime min­is­ters dis­cuss the Greek olive oil para­dox. And I have met with se­ri­ous in­vestors with plans to lure Euro­pean pen­sion­ers to spend their re­tire­ment years in the Greek coun­try­side – but their am­bi­tions are al­ways thwarted by ex­ces­sive red tape. Greece’s foot-drag­ging can­not be jus­ti­fied any­more. We went bank­rupt, we were hit by an un­prece­dented cri­sis and – at least in the­ory – we man­aged to cure many of the weak­nesses of the Greek state ap­pa­ra­tus. There is plenty of un­tapped tal­ent and skill out there. Cre­ative Greeks have noth­ing to envy of their Ital­ian coun­ter­parts in terms of mar­ket­ing or lay­out. The new gen­er­a­tion of pro­duc­ers and hote­liers com­bine gusto with pro­fes­sion­al­ism – a truly rare blend. So what’s miss­ing? A ba­sic dis­ad­van­tage is our ap­par­ent al­lergy to team­work. You meet three pro­duc­ers or wine­mak­ers work­ing in the same area and chances are there is some sort of dis­pute be­tween them, or they are sim­ply re­luc­tant to en­ter a busi­ness al­liance. The prob­lem is that most Greek busi­nesses are too small to sur­vive on their own out

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