OPINION

Defending the reforms

The provisions of a government multi-bill that were released on Thursday include a series of reforms that had been designed over the past decades but were never actually implemented because the country’s leadership had always been afraid of the political cost attached to them.

The government should not hide behind the country’s international creditors – the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, collectively known as the troika – but rather must stand firm on its own political ground with regard to the changes its own team has put forward.

In the meantime, the deputies of the two parties comprising the current coalition administration should put aside whatever objections they might have – which might appear to some to be linked to vested interests – and avoid leading the country down a particularly perilous path when they are called to vote on the proposed multi-bill in Parliament on Sunday.