OPINION

No more taxes down the drain

The moment of truth has arrived for the government as it is now clear that Greece’s middle class and entrepreneurs will not be able to stand any more taxes. The only way to maintain the fiscal discipline demanded by the European Commission and the IMF without compounding the economic recession is to slash spending in the broader state sector. That means the government will have to face up to the toughest of trade unions such as the Hellenic Railways Organization and the Public Power Corporation. That said, any effort will have the blessing of a large chunk of society, the people who see their tax contributions ending up in all sorts of «black holes,» people who deem it unfair when private sector workers are the only ones to be exposed to the threat of unemployment. The government has to pick between taking on traditional clients and placing more of a burden on an already strained private sector.