OPINION

Vital tools for recovery

We can only hope that the Greek government adopts the reform measures that the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has consistently argued the country needs in vital sectors such as education and competitiveness.

If the SYRIZA-led administration can overcome the ideological obsessions within the party and reactions from unions and other vested interests and actually implement these measures it will certainly be a very positive development.

That is exactly what Greece needs: a comprehensive program of reforms designed on the basis of the country’s needs and on policy mixes that have already proved successful in the majority of European Union member states.

The biggest problem, however, is that most ministers in this government view the concept of reform in a completely different way to what the OECD has put forward and the usual proposals for overhauling an ailing state.