Greece’s Piraeus port, a hub for Chinese goods on the way to European markets and the reactions to the deal; Why?

Article published on Nov. 26, 2008
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Article published on Nov. 26, 2008
Yesterday has been signed in Athens, a multibillion – euro port deal between the Piraeus Port Authority (OLP) and one of the most important world port administrators, the Chinese Cosco Pacific Ltd.
The agreement is expected to earn Greece € 4,3 billion over 35 year period (Cosco has guaranteed € 3,4 billion of this money), will increase the capacity of the port by up to 250% and will create some 1.000 new jobs for the locals. In addition, the port keeps its public structure and OLP has guaranteed the jobs of the existing personnel of the port. All these sound clear enough.

And then there are the protests. From the opposition and the dockworkers. Why? What is wrong with this deal? What is wrong with Greek ports to operate as transit centers for Chinese products to EU states and to the broader region of Southeastern Europe and to the Eastern Mediterranean? Why always Greeks have to comport like that? Is it only a Greek phenomenon or is it just the job of every -political- opposition to sabotage the common good. Why do they never propose something instead of fighting for maintaining the old situation? The point, for the thesis I am seeking to put forward is that whatever does not evolve is condemned to extinction. Why the unionists and the opposition parties do not propose, any counter-proposal apart from total refusal? Do all of this groups are satisfied with the Greek 'status quo'? Why can't we find our way to the future?