The loss of trust in the Greek political system has cost the country and its people a great deal. Athens’s failure to live up to binding commitments and a slew of measures that were voted through Parliament but never implemented are key to this deficit of confidence.
The difficult sacrifices of the Greek people went down the drain as the country’s partners and creditors – at times acting maliciously and at others not – found a good excuse to break their own promises after seeing that Athens – under a succession of governments – had no intention of keeping its own.
Even today government officials and lawmakers continue to use extreme populist rhetoric and to speak without thinking. Every time a government official comes out in public and calls for a measure to be canceled as unconstitutional or replaced with a new law, he or she is dealing a blow to the country.
It is the prime minister’s duty to get a tighter grip on the reins, while there’s still time.