There are strong forces in Greek society that want to see neither bankruptcy nor a return to the drachma. Rather, they believe that despite the burden of soaring taxes and reduced earnings, the country?s modernization and tight fiscal discipline are the only possible path.
However, when they see a government with no direction, which is dogged by attacks between ruling Socialist officials, and a group of economic policymakers who improvise at the expense of Greek taxpayers, they have every reason to get frustrated.
They feel they are constantly being asked to make fresh sacrifices because most ministers refuse to drastically reduce the size of the public sector or to crack down on rampant tax evasion.
This is a very crucial moment. The government must stop acting in an amateurish fashion, or society will completely lose confidence in its rulers and our foreign lenders will confirm any doubts about the government?s power to make good on its promises.