Clear lines and calm heads

The Greek government needs to draw clear lines that must not be crossed during its negotiations with the country’s international creditors and it needs to take a firm stance on a number of issues.

Simply put, Greek society cannot take any more budget cuts nor, of course, any more taxes on top of those that citizens are already having to pay.

That said, Greeks can be notorious for going too far with a point, so the government and its officials should be wary of hyperbole and adopting extreme positions that they cannot then back out of if necessary.

Talks with the country’s creditors need to be cool-headed and without drama. The use of too stern a tone and the exaggeration of the issues at hand will ultimately only serve the interests of those, inside and outside Greece, who want to see the country plunged into a state of uncertainty and imbalance.