OPINION

Learning from the experts

There has been a huge debate raging in Greece over the past few weeks regarding the role of the foreign officials who are supervising the government’s implementation of the memorandum signed with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. It’s time for some plain truths about the matter: It’s only natural that the IMF and EU representatives are concerned about Greece fulfilling the terms and conditions under which they lent the country some 110 billion euros so that it would not default. Greece has much to gain from these experts. After all, we have a bankrupt public administration, we’ve been unable to collect taxes and no one in the central administration knows where all that health spending really goes. The bureaucrats in the EU and IMF are capable of showing us how we can set up mechanisms that will put an end to all this waste – and they are already doing so. We should stop with the pseudo-patriotic grumbling and acknowledge that in most cases our reaction to foreigners is not the result of sincere patriotism but the mere fear of revealing the incompetence of the state and politicians that brought us to the verge of this catastrophe.