OPINION

The signs are positive, so far

The only way to describe the stance taken by the representatives of the International Monetary Fund, European Central Bank and European Commission, as well as the Finance Ministry’s General Accounting Office, is extremely positive. Greece has the rather lamentable privilege of being the only country in the EU that does not know the exact amount it owes, spends or is owed. The mechanisms of the state have been completely destroyed by endemic corruption, a lack of professionalism and because the chaos played out well for certain politicians who could hide their cronies in the midst of it all. The experts who have come to visit us from other countries in order to monitor our progress can suggest some possible ways for us to exit this mess but, from then on, it is up to the government to apply them. The government has already waited far too long to deal with such an important issue as inept state mechanisms. Now, it must get to grips with the situation without further delay or hesitation.