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Against adversity, give Greek research breathing space

Apr 15, 2013

An article by Prof. Costas Fotakis, President of FORTH – Hellas, posted by Euro scientist Editor on April 15th, 2013

In Greece, we have been witnessing a violent socio-economic restructuring due to the austerity measures introduced in response to the economic crisis, over the last three years. These measures, dictated by the so called “Memorandums for Economic Stability”, have been applied horizontally and indiscriminately and have led to deep economic recession and high unemployment today reaching 26%. It is therefore inescapable; the scientific community too has been affected. The measures have exacerbated existing problems and created new ones: notably introducing bizarre regulations and increasing bureaucracy. In my opinion, the main obstacles may be summarised as follows. Read more