The Greek state has all but ground to a halt. Hospitals are trying to operate with terrible shortages of staff and supplies, potentially putting patients’ lives at risk. The fire department and other crucial services also face massive deficits in workers and equipment, and face a daily struggle to carry out the jobs.
The strategy being pursued by the government – halting all state payments to third parties in a bid to save money – cannot be allowed to continue for much longer or Greece will be in danger of becoming a failed state.
Continuing this strategy in the name of the country’s negotiations with its international creditors hides dangers that cannot be ignored.