Greece has accomplished a great deal as a nation. Its partners in the European Union – even the most demanding among them – acknowledge the massive sacrifices made by people here and realize that society may not survive more austerity.
The International Monetary Fund and other key players are pressing for last-push solution to Greece’s debt problem. Athens was recently granted more favorable borrowing terms, a fiscal extension and the ability to channel cash into the market over the coming months.
Many Greeks, however, feel that they have lost everything. Such despair is understandable, but should not lead to greater perils. Regardless of party colors, we all want the same things: economic growth, a final debt settlement and a strong state that can protect the rule of law.
Recent developments indicate that we are close to achieving these goals, but we still have to shed our self-defeating negativism and dispel the illusions of those who believe that tough-guy posturing could solve our problems.