Only a positive surprise delivered by the government can reverse the negative outlook that is gaining ground on an international level in regard to Greece and its commitments to its lenders, given how far things have gone and the constant speculation over what Athens will or will not do next.
It is obvious that no one believes that the present government is capable of pulling off the enormous task of fiscal discipline and far-reaching reforms to which it has signed up.
The reason for this inability is that Prime Minister George Papandreou tolerates a large group of his ministers who do not believe in this effort and who are sabotaging the process. Meanwhile, his behavior is not what is expected of the leader of a country that is in the middle of a major crisis.
The prime minister needs to realize that if there is one thing that needs restructuring as soon as possible, it is not Greece?s debt, but the government and the way he runs it.