Is Greece In Danger Of Losing Treasured Sites?
STEVE INSKEEP, Host:
Joanna Kakissis reports from Athens.
JOANNA KAKISSIS: It's a spring evening, and the tree-lined walkway below the Acropolis is filled with people. One is Eleni Moscha, a 22-year-old university student. She's heard that German politicians want Greece to sell the Acropolis and some islands to pay off more than $400 billion in debt.
ELENI MOSCHA: I don't think that we should sell things like our islands or ancient stuff, because this is our national inheritance and it's really important for tourism, as well. Because if we sell this, we have nothing, practically.
KAKISSIS: Economist Yannis Stournaras calls talk of an Acropolis sale silly, bad-taste humor. He's been promoting selling less controversial land for years. Lots of it is ripe for investment, he says.
YANNIS STOURNARAS: We talk about real estate in certain parts of the country, either close to the sea or in mountains or in cities, which is totally underdeveloped now. It stays idle.
KAKISSIS: For NPR News, I'm Joanna Kakissis, in Athens.
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