OPINION

Not another day to lose in tax evasion clampdown

Everyone agrees that Greek society will not tolerate yet another round of taxes and reductions to salaries and pensions. The citizens of this country have reached their absolute limit.

Meanwhile, several deputies in the tripartite government coalition have said that should new austerity measure be brought before Parliament, they would not ratify them.

The key to keeping the revenue machine going and even to revving it up is clamping down on rife tax evasion and rampant waste in the public sector.

The government will find itself in an extremely sticky spot if it does not show significant progress in these two domains soon. There is no time to waste and the decisions needed to make the much-belated changes in these areas will require a thick skin and may even entail sackings in the public sector.

However tough the task, it needs to be done because there is no other way to move forward. Failure to do so will mean the death of the government coalition and the collapse of the country.