Reshuffle will step up government performance

A government reshuffle that would be no more than a public relations stunt serving the needs of the conservative leadership or New Democracy’s own balance of power is something the country does not need. The current period is very crucial for the future of Greece and leaves no margin for such childish games. At this moment, 22 months since it was formed, the conservative administration of Costas Karamanlis appears to require a shake-up. No doubt, the government has passed a good deal of substantial legislation, but there is an urgent need to step up productivity. However, the various snags that plague the New Democracy government and the faltering performance of certain conservative ministers seem to guarantee that the lagging will continue. The evident problems that put the brakes on Greece’s modernization on all productive levels are causing very costly delays. Greece, a country with a still-small productive base, is puffing and panting to catch up with its European Union peers and cannot afford to waste any more time. The country’s government must accelerate its performance until the end of its four-year tenure. Some ministries are in urgent need of a change – and the prime minister knows well which these are. A reshuffle should not be far off.

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