OPINION

The onus of responsibility

Negotiations with the country’s lenders are expected to be particular tough this time round.

Greece’s partners and creditors must recognize that the country has reached its limits, both on a political and a societal level.

Salary and pension cuts, combined with over-taxation, cannot continue – whatever the circumstances.

It is abundantly clear that neither society nor the political system are in a position to bear any new measures.

Clearly the troika and the country’s almighty partners must be aware of this by now. If they insist that the government impose new measures they will be the ones who will have to bear responsibility for what follows.

Common sense dictates that neither the troika nor the country’s powerful partners wish to see the Greece embark on an adventure, either with an experimental leftist government or with the spectacular rise of an extreme-right, nightmarish structure, similar to those for which Europe ended up paying a hefty price in its troubled past.