Learn­ing from Elliniko

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Yes­ter­day’s im­ages of bull­doz­ers tear­ing down build­ings at the old air­port of Elliniko in south­ern Athens are be­ing cel­e­brated as a ma­jor mile­stone for Greece. The start of work at what is one of the country’s big­gest pri­va­ti­za­tion projects is in­deed a mile­stone; but it is no rea­son to cel­e­brate. In­stead, it should serve as an op­por­tu­nity to pon­der why such a valu­able piece of real es­tate was al­lowed to fes­ter for nearly two decades. What bu­reau­cratic snarls and, most im­por­tantly, what con­ser­va­tive or skep­ti­cal po­lit­i­cal re­flexes stood in the way of an in­vest­ment that could have al­ready gen­er­ated thou­sands of jobs? The Elliniko project sig­nals a suc­ces­sion of mis­takes that we should be learn­ing from.

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