OPINION

Premier is pushing his luck

It is beginning to look unlikely that this government will be able to pull Greece out of the crisis, when the prime minister tolerates ministers fighting against the memorandum and reversing the path toward controversial yet crucial reforms. Meanwhile, tried-and-tested members of PASOK are left on the bench when they could instead be reforming the state and tax collection mechanisms. Even worse, it was George Papandreou himself who undermined the memorandum by his handling of the ado over the exploitation of state assets.

He is pushing his own luck with his decision-making methods and his style of governance and, therefore, the responsibility will be all his if Greece?s lenders refuse to shell out another tranche of assistance. Hopefully he will realize this sooner rather than later, while he still has some hope of being the politician who helps Greece recover.