OPINION

Europe’s choice

Tuesday’s meeting between Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin is of crucial importance.

It’s hard to deny that Greece has come a long way. The country has achieved a lot more compared to other nations hit by fiscal crisis. What Greece needs now is a new deal with its partners and foreign lenders; that is to say, an agreement based on a foundation of trust which will create some breathing space for the country and finally bring the troika control to an end.

If Merkel, and Greece’s other EU partners, keep pressing the government in Athens to introduce new measures and reforms that they know will never be voted through Parliament, it is certain that a political crisis will be triggered and the country will be led to an early election.

The question is, what do Greece’s peers prefer? A government that promotes reforms, albeit half-heartedly, or a reactionary government faithful to the destructive habits of the 1980s?