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Greece: Shipbuilders, Special Interests and Sour Milk

September 21st, 2015

Episode 352 of 642 episodes

Business Daily reflects on the aftermath of the Greek General Election. The country may have just elected a newly minted government, but it's got the same old dire economic problems. Hugo Dixon, a columnist with Reuters Breaking Views and the New York Times, tells us that the big test now will be to unpick the country's extraordinary array of vested interests, from under-employed teachers to farmers insisting on shorter shelf-lives for pasteurised milk. He says restrictive practices, protecting many Greek industries, have been held in place across the economy, despite years of austerity measures. Also in the programme, the BBC's Jane O Brien reports from the Netherlands and the US on how the Dutch are still saying it, and selling it big, with flowers. And Lucy Kellaway reflects on why the workplace curiously seems to be becoming ever more beautiful. She thinks this lurking prejudice towards good may be proving an increasing drain on true meritocracy and efficiency in many major multi-nationals. (Photo: Alexis Tsipras, Credit: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images)