- Politics and Social Issues
Are Greeks corrupt?
Why corruption is so widespread in Greece
It's a fact of life: if you want to do business in Greece, you have to be prepared for a lengthy fight with the greek bureaucracy.
At some point, the bureaucracy will demand "a monetary sweatener"" in order to take your case forward.
The same is true almost everywhere: as a greek citizen, I know that I have to pay "little somethings" to doctors of state Hospitals, Tax officials, and thousands of others, in order to get things moving in my direction.
Widespread corruption denotes that laws and institutions do not work. Greeks, traditionally, do not trust the State. This is a left-over from the 400 hundred years that Greece remained under Ottoman rule.
Greeks are intelligent, ingenious and entrepreneurial people. We like to take risks, to explore frontiers. Under such conditions, we are also extremely hard working.
To my opinion, the greater the State, the wider the corruption. We do not like State-imposed rules: we like to chart our own path.
Corruption goes hand-to-hand with State-owned institutions in Greece. To that respect, in order to demolish corruption in Greece, I postulate that the only answer is to enhance the private sector of the greek society: business, education, health, pensions, insurance should all be private, with a small State arm in order to care for those in need.