OPINION

A time for bold decisions

The attempts made in terms of reducing waste and battling mismanagement in the public sector are at risk of turning into a soap opera. While successive governments have pledged to make a difference, they all ended up doing nothing due to the reactions of unionists and political parties, as well as ministers unwilling to carry the political cost.

That is why we always end up with the unfair and counterproductive option of horizontal cuts.

The current government has to do things differently. There are public organizations which cost an arm and a leg to run employing staff with no actual job description, companies whose closure would make no difference at all. No major decision will be taken, however, as long as the political taboo of unconditional protection of public sector employees reigns supreme.

This government has very little time and needs to take bold steps right here and now. September will be too late as our partners will have lost their patience by then, and Greek society?s good will have evaporated as well.