Beyond the economic crisis: Greece’s other existential challenges
More than eight years after the signing of the first bailout package, Greece has now returned to positive - albeit eager - growth rates. However, is the Greek crisis over? Using data from a series of studies conducted by the Greek think tank diaNEOsis, the case will be made that Greece is facing four existential challenges in the years ahead: the second worst demographic profile in the EU, a slow adaption to climate change and to the forces of technological change, along with the lowest level of social capital in the EU.
Kyriakos Pierrakakis is the Director of Research at diaNEOsis, a think tank based in Athens, Greece, focusing on the economic and social reconstruction of the country. In the past, he worked as Innovation Coordinator at Athens Information Technology (AIT), as an advisor to the Greek Ministry of Economic Development, as Chairman of Greece’s Institute for Youth and as a researcher at MIT’s Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEPR) and at the Center for American Progress. Also, he served as member of the Greek government’s negotiating team with the troika of lenders in 2014. Kyriakos Pierrakakis is a graduate of MIT’s Engineering Systems Division, of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and of the Athens University of Economics and Business.