OPINION

Hot potatoes

Greece is in desperate need of a serious, collected discussion based on actual data with the aim of finding ways to handle a number of hot potatoes which no one had dared to touch in the last few decades, out of fear of the political cost attached to them.

The reform of the country’s social security system and the imposition of higher taxes on farmers and the self-employed are among the most pressing matters.

The main opposition has a major role to play in this case.
If these problems are not tackled by the current coalition administration they will simply be passed on to the opposition when the latter rises to power.

Of course no one can demand consensus when it comes to tortuous proposals that hinder growth. Plain refusal, however, is not enough. Talking honestly and, above all, coming up with alternative, on-the-record proposals with facts and figures, is essential.