Three precious months were lost in the government’s negotiations with the country’s international partners and creditors, as some of its officials wasted time on their own self-promotion, handling serious matters amateurishly with PR stunts.
But, as the saying goes, better late than never. The changes introduced by the prime minister to the Greek negotiating team and its tactics show that he is fully aware of how critical the need for a swift deal has become.
Let us hope that those three months, however harmful they may have been to Greece’s position, have also served as a learning process, that certain government cadres have understood alternative funding sources are a myth, and that you cannot bluff your way through a negotiation and put your country at risk.
The premier’s next big challenge will be to bring about some equilibrium in his turbulent government before rifts in the administration destroy any chance of a deal.