George Papandreou and his Socialist party are now facing all that PASOK has bequeathed to the country: Public Power Corporation?s worker union GENOP, vested interests within the unions that know no bounds in terms of protests and their use of threats and violence, as well as the vast, wasteful and corrupt state.
The pressure exerted by both the troika and reality is forcing Papandreou to attempt to go against this entire bloc in order to secure Greece?s survival. Unfortunately, he was desperately — if not criminally — late in realizing that you can?t keep imposing tax hikes because ?there is money? and not make cuts in expenses. No one can say if the government will survive this ruthless battle, which most ministers and MPs are entering listless and worn out.
What is certain is that whoever is called to govern — whether Antonis Samaras or someone else — will walk the exact same road of fiscal martyrdom.
This is why the two main parties ought to share the cost of the huge operation of securing a primary surplus for the country, through consensus and an emergency government.