OPINION

Reforms and credibility

Everyone hopes that the Antonis Samaras administration will be a success if for no other reason than because this country cannot afford another failure.

Early reactions to the announcement of Cabinet were mixed. The starting point of this government was a national unity administration. What we got in the end was a scheme that included a small number of technocrats and a big number of party officials (not necessarily unworthy ones). The premier seems determined to watch his ministers closely and keep them away from pointless PR stunts.

Greece is in the red. Should the party apparatus impose its interests upon the state, the outcome will be a disaster. Greece needs skilled and determined officials. Our foreign lenders see this as Greece?s last chance to prove it can push through much-needed reforms and meet its commitments. Greece must make a good impression now that Europe is reconsidering its policy line on its southern peers.