Clarifying who does what

Stimulating the country’s economic growth, which has been slowed down by the strict austerity measures demanded by the troika of the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund, should be the government’s absolute top priority. However, that cannot be achieved unless there is clear understanding about the structure and makeup of the government body that is to be responsible for making important decisions concerning investment and businesses. Prime Minister George Papandreou’s administration must clarify the responsibilities of each of the officials involved. The unveiling of the new government yesterday came with some ambiguity and risk. These are extremely difficult times. The situation calls for a closely knit group of ministers capable of swift decision-making. Friction over competing responsibilities will only undermine the government’s work and endanger Greece’s exit from fiscal misery. The sooner it becomes clear who does what, the better.

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