Just when Socialist Prime Minister George Papandreou is vowing to push through the reforms demanded by the debt-wracked nation?s international lenders — the European Union and the International Monetary Fund — some ministers out there are doing all they can to delay the measures, or, worse, to stop them from being carried out them altogether.
At a time when the prime minister is stating that he does not mind shouldering the political cost of the administration?s policies, some ministers? actions show that all they have in mind is surviving as political animals.
Some ministers within the ruling PASOK party who are attempting to undermine the implementation of a unified payment system (insisting on the introduction of exemptions) and making half-baked efforts to open up closed-shop professions are doing a great deal of damage to the government.
At the same time, they are damaging the country by reinforcing the global image of an unreliable country that cannot be taken seriously.