Starting afresh

The government has been displaying a tendency in the past few months to make mountains out of molehills. Mistakes made in the choice of certain officials have already come at a cost and will continue to do so. Planned changes to the tax system, for example, do not appear to belong to a single, well-considered plan but come in dribs and drabs, like random leaks.

Negotiations with the troika appear to be going well so far and will most likely end in reforms to the civil service and labor laws that the government will need to defend. The possibility that Greece may exit the memorandum is not entirely unlikely, yet we have seen no government official explaining what this would mean nor defending the strategy for this end.

It would be a shame if things were to continue this way even after the confidence vote, which the government should and will win. It needs to fix its mistakes and show the door to all those who cannot stomach the job at hand.

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