COMMENT

Prying open the economy

The reforms that will help make Greece more competitive, boost entrepreneurship and attract more investment must be pushed forward, irrespective of the pressure being applied on the government to do so by foreign lenders.

One of the most blatant examples is a draft bill on the way businesses are licensed that, if passed, will held solve problems that have persisted in the market for decades.

The government has people in the Cabinet who are not only perfectly capable of pushing through reforms, but who also have the knack to defend them effectively in any public debate.

That means there is absolutely no excuse for back-pedaling on reforms, whatever the pressure being exercised by unions and interests that are happy with the way things stand and that always do their utmost to keep vital sectors of the economy under their control and closed to competition.

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