Consensus on the ABCs
Greece will receive the next tranche of bailout loans along with a deal for lightening its debt load. Once it does, we need to get very serious about discussing how we can rebuild the crippled country without the troika.
Greece is lagging in a number of significant areas, from waste management to tax collection and law enforcement.
These are issues that other European countries solved a long time ago and have absolutely no ideological resonance. We too can solve them if we decide to do so and if we take advantage of the know-how being offered by our foreign partners.
Whichever party may be in power, Greece will never get it together if it does not have an effective tax collection mechanism and if the public administration is not completely rebuilt.
As silly as it may sound to expect political parties to come to some kind of consensus at this point, without it we will never achieve anything. We will continue to be caught between a handful of politicians who actively back reform and others whose personal agendas override all else.