Kicking into high gear

Speed is of the essence right now. Now that the international community is feeling somewhat benevolent toward Greece, the government needs to get on with its negotiations with the troika, finalize the package of austerity measures and get them ratified by Parliament.

In late October, the European Union will have to make some very important decisions. Until then, Greece cannot go on looking like the laggard that is failing to stick to its commitments -- and not because it can?t but because it doesn?t want to. The points earned by the country should not be wasted because the political leadership cannot get its act together or because the troika sets the bar too high.

The troika must keep its demands reasonable and not ask the Greek leadership to commit political suicide. The government too has to show that it is prepared to do anything it takes for Greece to remain in the eurozone.

Any further delays will simply create more political complications in Greece and change the tide of foreign sentiment abroad -- and this combination is the worst thing that could happen at this juncture.