Specifically, he said: “We have to stop undermining Greek agricultural production and terrorizing people about not having enough to eat if the country goes bankrupt. We can surpass self-sufficiency, create new wealth and support the country.”
Well, how about that! Someone is undermining Greek agricultural production! Now, who could that be? The Germans, perhaps?
Here is a country whose historical economic roots are in agriculture; which has tremendous competitive advantages (climate, etc.) in agriculture; which should dominate Central European supermarkets with its agricultural products; and — it is not making the most of that!!!
KISS stands for “keep it simple, stupid!” There is a lot of talk about possible new industries which could be built up in Greece. Maybe yes, maybe no. How about starting with basics? Like making the most of what one has already got? And instead of exporting agricultural products in bulk to Italy so that Italy can keep the margin for refining them, that value added could just as well be generated in Greece.
Now that may require Greeks to make a little effort to sell their products offshore.
Welcome to the real world of international trade!