OPINION

Adjustments, not compromise

The government is doing what it must to try to put the social security system in order. It would be a big mistake if between now and March 20, when the bill is to be voted on in Parliament, it were to back down under pressure from various guilds. The government must certainly clear up mistakes and vague points, but under no circumstances should it allow itself to be pulled into a vicious cycle of compromise that will ultimately undermine the entire endeavor. Senior government ministers must also convince the Greek people – at a time when they are being asked to make sacrifices – that they will not be conceding anything to businesses or other powerful interest groups. If at the same time that employees are being asked to accept later retirement, the government is seen to waver on increasing public funds by simply applying the law, then we will be faced with a serious case of political hypocrisy. If the average citizen even gets wind that certain interests groups are succeeding in getting their infringements covered up, then how can the government be taken at its word when it comes to the reform program?