A mid the gloom caused by the deepening economic misery, there are some positive signs. The government showed that in the case of the Culture Ministry contract employees protesting at the Parthenon, it is not afraid to enforce the law. At the same time – though outrageously delayed – it has started to take action to curb the yawning deficit of the public companies, also known as DEKO, and be more receptive to complaints coming from the market. The opposition camp is also earning points. The decision of conservative New Democracy to back legislation designed to overhaul OSE, the Hellenic Railway System, was a significant gesture. It shows that Antonis Samaras realizes the need for consensus to promote a number of changes that have to be made regardless of which party is in power. This was the second time, following the bill to liberalize the road freight sector, that ND decided to throw its weight behind a PASOK initiative.