OPINION

Dare to make a difference

Ever since the start of the Greek debt crisis, the country has never managed to make the kind of aggressive move which would shock its partners and creditors in a positive way.

Greece?s partners and creditors comprehend the social and political difficulties that have resulted from all the new measures and would be prepared to negotiate if they saw some impressive action demonstrating that the Greek political system is indeed backing a program of major reforms.

For several months members of George Papandreou?s government were discussing a move that would have changed the game altogether, but they never actually dared to make it.

Considering that three parties are currently lending their support to the national unity government, it seems like the perfect moment for such a move — like closing down one of the utterly problematic public utility companies, for example — which would have a huge effect on Athens?s negotiating power with the troika.

However, are these parties even able to think of such a scenario? And, if so, would they ever dare to put it into practice?