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    What does it mean to be Greek?

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    Remain or Wither from the Euro: Greece at Crossroads

     
    By Dr. Marios Efthymiopoulos
    President of Strategy International
    Thessaloniki Greece

    Greece is yet again seemingly in the very edge of important but decisive decisions. Decisions that need to be undertaken on the future of the country inside the Eurozone, as well as for the future stability of Europe.

    Questions at stake: To stay in the Eurozone or to wither from the Euro? Secondary early elections on June 17 2012, will create two possible outcomes, according to EU leaders: Remain in the Eurozone or face the consequences.

    The aforementioned quote, resembles questions raised in the past. During the second loaning procedure in Greece during early 2012, the former PM George Papandreou reported that "we either decide in support of the loan thus remaining in the Eurozone or we will face consequences of going back to the Drachma" (Greek National Currency).

    Political reaction of MPs through fear of a disintegrating
    economy led eventually towards the signature and support of a new loaning procedure, that established an even more strong austerity measure plan.

    Social reaction was immediate. It failed to pass a strong European Message. Civil reaction resulted to opposite results than what was expected: May 6th 2012 elections resulted to a sudden rise of leftist parties, not social democrats, but also extreme right nationalists. Eventually leading again to early elections, while new political parties elected (8), failed to create a unity government.

    Questions for or against favoring the Euro or Europe at large are anticipated by Greeks as immoral and irrational.

    "We are Europeans" Greeks say. No need to ask this any longer.

    As Europeans then how do we overturn this social and fiscal degradation, this negative reaction towards Greece and Greeks, a possible exit from the Eurozone?

    First we need to overturn "social messaging on Greece and the Greeks:

    Words such as prosperity, growth and development are the way forward for positive social reactions. Through the Media and through constant public communication.

    We need to establish a long term credible and viable goal a credible mission for success.

    We should increase factors that would create a strong concrete development. We should be attentive to a national/European objective.

    There should be a dream of What Greece should be .

    Greece needs an innovative policy methodology.

    A dissemination of knowledge and knowhow from the world to the state. We need to bring knowledge back as well as human capital and Foreign Direct Investment in Greece. No need of bureaucracy. Greece should be open for business in a free market world.

    We need to reconstruct a truthfully important, a trust worthy and credible country for and about the region.

    We will, with the support of allies increase political effectiveness and practical impact. We will increase accountability and trust, with partners, we will counter new and possibly upcoming challenges, whether symmetrical or asymmetrical.

    We should be flexible, open to suggestions strategically and tactically. We will resolve issues, long-term and peripheral.

    Our orientation towards concrete and practical development is the way forward for a robust cooperation plan for development.

    Political cooperation and enhanced engagement.

    It entails cooperation in multiple levels. Partners in Europe should be Partners in world challenges; especially when those challenges are of European and international concern.

    We therefore need a concept on smart development. Greece and Greeks are expected to rise up to the level.

    This concept of development will be a new approach, a new commitment, a new mindset of capabilities, political and fiscal; a new culture of development and understanding. an application that assures that an agreement on smart development will result to re-approachment of collective understanding. It will solidify a new European posture and a new Euro-Atlantic identity, fidelity, prosperity and credibility.

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