Punching bags

Greek finance ministers unavoidably turn into punching bags for government deputies. This also applies to the current finance minister, Yannis Stournaras, who has found himself the target of pressure from the country’s creditors and opposition parties, as well as coalition ministers and MPs.

However, through a number of ill-fated statements, including one on whether or not Greeks are overtaxed, Stournaras has not made it easier for himself either. Nevertheless, he is putting up a fight under particularly tough conditions.

The question is what a certain few of those critics are doing. One thing they’re not doing is conducting some kind of self-criticism with regard to their own catastrophic role in previous PASOK and ND governments. And they’re not coming up with any valid suggestions regarding the country’s fiscal gap either. So they resort to what they know best: unbearable populist statements and promises that are impossible to keep.

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