Pushing us to the brink

The refusal of Greek politicians to take a hard look at reality and the magnitude of the mess the country is in is almost impressive. We see some of them demanding that university administrators be exempt from the staff cuts being made across the public sector. Others are resisting the liberalization of public transportation and other sectors, or busy protecting the interests of certain groups.

With their words and actions, they are showing us that they don?t believe in the reform process and that they are not ready to shoulder any of the political cost that comes with change, even if their stance ultimately leads the country to destruction. Even some young politicians who entered the political arena with fervent support for change now appear apprehensive at the political cost.

This cowardice is why the country constantly finds itself at breaking point, why things are done — when they?re done — as they are, in a rushed and half-baked manner, and only when the troika is forced to put a gun to the country?s head. Given the behavior of our politicians, we will probably end up squeezing the trigger ourselves.

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