New Forces for the Greek State: Comments on Comments

We are grateful to all contributors for their insightful comments and constructive critique. Greece, like the cases of Hungary and Poland, make it clear that in the EU we need to discuss thoroughly not only our common European institutions, but also each other’s institutions. The pointed commentary published on Verfassungsblog over the last week—coming from different perspectives and informed from different experiences—shows the potential of such debates. In the case of Greece, they are an important addition to a discourse focusing too much on austerity or debt sustainability.

We would first like to shortly address two general concerns (1.) before going into some more detail in each of the commentaries (2.).

1. General remarks

One general point in many contributions had to do with the role of the Greek diaspora. We clearly noted that the scheme should be open both to resident and diaspora Greeks, but we indeed focused on the potential to harness the forces that are currently outside the country to support the domestic forces of reform. Some of our commentators were positive to this approach (Skordas, Chaniotis, Jakab, Ruffert) while other less so (Schorkopf, Koutnatzis, de Lucia, Dellavalle).

It is important to stress that the scheme we sketch does not imply any kind of formal or informal privileging of the diaspora. Merit should be the only criterion for choosing. Nevertheless, we do seem important advantages in measures that also address and invite the diaspora to join forces with those laboring to strengthen Greek institutions within the country.

Brain drain, the immigration of highly-qualified workers, has become a defining element of the crisis not only Greece, but also in other countries such as Spain and Italy. This is a structural issue ...

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