OPINION

Reforms and growth

Greece will not return to any kind of sustainable growth unless the coalition government that has been formed following Sunday’s general elections carries out real, necessary reforms in the fields of public administration, education and other crucial sectors as well as improving conditions for entrepreneurship.

Will the newly appointed cabinet, which was sworn in yesterday, dare to implement these necessary changes?

Judging from the composition of the government named by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras yesterday, the omens are not particularly promising.

The majority of those who have been assigned to pivotal positions in the new cabinet, which will have just 10 ministries, had up until very recently opposed every single reform tabled by the former New Democracy-PASOK government, either because of their own unionist backgrounds or for purely ideological reasons.

What is certain is that the rolling back some of the necessary reforms that have already been implemented over the last few years in fields such as education, among many others, is bound to take the country backward.

Not because this kind of move goes against the memorandum, but because it comes into conflict with any kind of common sense.