If things keep going the way they are going now, a new age of Greek guest-workers may have to return. Greeks may again have to move to Northern countries to work machinery & equipment there and send their savings back to Greece.
Or would they?
Why can’t the machinery & equipment be moved to Greece so that Greeks can work it there? Couldn’t/shouldn’t the slogan be: “Don’t move people to where the machinery & equiment is. Instead, move the machinery & equipment to where the people are!“?
It cannot be a vision for Greece, at least in my opinion it can’t, that Greece becomes a prolonged work bench for multinationals. Multinationals tend to come and go. The quicker they come, the quicker they may leave again when conditions are more favorable elsewhere.
The vision has to be, at least in my opinion it has to be, that Greece builds up a middle-market manufacturing base on a sustainable basis. That is, whatever is produced is primarily needed in Greece. And if it is produced for export, it will not be exported to the headquarters of multinationals but to end-customers, instead.
That would be a “new age for Greek guest-workers” or rather: a “new age for Greek workers” working in their home country.
Instead of tendering prizes for the best way of Greece’s leaving the Eurozone, someone ought to start thinking about tendering a prize, perhaps even a Nobel Prize, for the best way of Greece’s building up a middle-market manufacturing base. A middle-market manufacturing base which creates new jobs, which jobs allow their holders to support a decent standard of living and to pay a fair amount of income taxes. Which allows the manufacturers to pay a fair amount of corporate taxes. And which allows their owners to collect a lot of dividends on which they pay dividend taxes.
Who will take the initiative for tendering such a prize?