Keeping demands fair
We have reached a crucial juncture: The international community has adopted a positive stance toward the current coalition government, while the idea that Greek society can no longer bear any more tax hikes and salary cuts without seeing a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel is broadly being accepted.
This is the time for our partners and creditors to realize a few things, such as that their excessive demands are endangering the cohesion of Greek society and run the risk of leading to an even bigger political and financial crisis. Obviously, they wish no such thing, but there is an urgent need for liquidity in the market, as healthy companies are flirting with bankruptcy because of cost and funding issues. Only by giving Greece the full amount of the next tranche of the bailout money will this problem be taken care of.
Our European partners seem determined to keep Greece in the eurozone. Their determination, however, must be translated into tangible acts as well as directions to the troika not to raise the bar to a level that will mean certain failure.