Tuesday September 2, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
29o C
23o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Cementing stability

By Alexis Papachelas

The current mood in Greece is one of reserved optimism. The threat of bankruptcy or a euro exit appears to have subsided. Voters realize that the country effectively has no other options in terms of economic policy. But the survival instinct has, at least for the time being, shoved widespread anger aside.

Meanwhile, foreign officials involved in Greeces rescue program are also trying to sustain the positive mood. Chancellor Angela Merkel would like to sell Greece as a success story, as it were, ahead of federal elections in Germany later this year. Senior officials at the International Monetary Fund would want to see some improvement too, after pressure from critics who deem the Washington-based organization has been too soft on Greece.

The question is whether there is any cash value in this positive mood for the average citizen. The conservative-led government in Athens also needs its own success stories in the domain of economic growth, privatizations and the fight against tax evasion.

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is certainly putting his micro-management skills to use. He has no qualms about calling up general secretaries late at night, holding meeting after meeting, holding discussions with investors and being in constant contact with foreign officials.

But all that is not enough. Progress will require the work of more than one person, as well as mechanisms. This is time to make use of skilled and determined individuals in key posts.

We still have three to four months to carry out key reforms that will help the country get back on its feet, strengthen its international credibility and set the economy on a growth trajectory. All that is no task for partisan hacks or weakhearted men.

To be sure, finding these people is not easy. But there is no other way. If the political class does not manage to change its ways, the current optimism will quickly evaporate and the country will soon find itself again on the verge of the cliff.

That said, it would be in the interest of Greece if left-wing opposition leader Alexis Tsipras took some steps to demonstrate that he is for greater stability. Foreign officials are interested in what Tsipras, fresh from a tour in the United States, has to say after his return to base.

That does not mean that SYRIZA is expected to fall behind Greeces governing coalition. But it is its duty to at least do its bit in cementing stability in the next crucial months. After all, extremism and polarization have never done this country any good.

ekathimerini.com , Saturday Jan 26, 2013 (18:18)  
EUs three big problems all linked
A great president
Dont feed the zombies
Keeping an eye on international developments
Education minister calls for probe into predecessors reform plan
Following reports that a plan to reform the tertiary education sector launched in the spring of 2013 failed to lead to millions of euros in savings, Education Minister Andreas Loverdos on Mo...
Anti-racism bill goes back to Parliament
An anti-racism bill, foreseeing stiffer penalties for individuals and political parties that engage in racism or incite racist violence, is to be debated in Parliament on Tuesday following m...
Inside News
Tourism targets rise ever higher
The latest data have allowed the Hellenic Association of Tourism Enterprises (SETE) to raise its target for tourism arrivals and revenues this year higher still. During a meeting with main o...
Horse race betting hurdle removed for OPAP
The new tender for the concession of the right to organize and operate wagering on horse races in Greece for the next 20 years will include a number of changes in its terms, despite assuranc...
Inside Business
BASKETBALL
Greek hoopsters go top of their group in World Cup
Greece has qualified to the second round of the FIBA World Cup after going top of its group of six through a third win in as many group games in Spain. On Monday it beat Puerto Rico 90-79 in...
SOCCER
Fulham striker Mitroglou set to re-join Olympiakos
Greek champions Olympiakos Piraeus are set to re-sign Kostas Mitroglou on loan from English second tier club Fulham after the striker arrived in Athens for talks on Sunday. An Olympiakos spo...
Inside Sports
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
RECENT NEWS
1. Greek hoopsters go top of their group in World Cup
2. Tourism targets rise ever higher
3. Horse race betting hurdle removed for OPAP
4. Revised GDP data confirm that Greek growth is near
5. Measures to reduce unemployment
6. Peachy export data despite Russian embargo
more news
Today
This Week
1. Excavation work at Amphipolis reveals section of marble mosaic floor
2. A great president
3. Erdogan visits Turkish-occupied Cyprus
4. Greek economy shrinks at slowest pace since late 2008
5. Dont feed the zombies
6. Greek officials meet to fine tune strategy for Paris talks with troika
Today
This Week
1. Attack on gay couple in Athens leaves one man needing surgery
2. The battle against progress
3. Thessaloniki mayor Boutaris sworn in wearing yellow star amid Golden Dawn protests
4. Strong undersea quake occurs off island of Milos, felt in Athens
5. Greek quest for debt relief faces hurdles in Paris
6. Hardouvelis, ECB executive discuss bank program, stress tests
Find us ...
... on
Twitter
... on Facebook
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.