OPINION

Country in a state of emergency

The moment of truth has arrived. Our foreign partners and creditors are demanding that we implement all the reforms that have been voted through Parliament and, chiefly, that we reduce the state costs. The government has no more room for maneuver, having exhausted the patience of the markets and the troika.

The country has enough money to last it until the end of September and then, without the next installment of emergency loans, it will find itself unable to pay salaries and pensions.

On Tuesday, the government expressed its intention to regain lost ground by immediately implementing all the reforms it has dragged its feet over in the past months. The chief responsibility for the realization of this plan lies with Prime Minister George Papandreou and Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos. The first minister who fails to do their duty or slips into procrastination and petty party politicking has to go, immediately and without much ado.

Put simply: Either the government will begin operating as if the country is in a state of emergency or the country will explode in its hands.