OPINION

Troika fails to convey message

Representatives of the so called troika – of the European Union, European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund – but especially the IMF, have done a terrible job presenting their case to the Greek public. Troika officials have often failed to communicate any clear message. They have never managed to explain the importance of their technical role in solving some of the country’s longstanding problems while also completely failing to understand the role of the media. When the IMF representatives do communicate, they do it in a way that offends the serious news media outlets in this country. It is not clear whether they have been convinced by local advisers that all Greek news media are to be avoided or treated in this manner. Their presence at a press conference last Monday was the last offensive blow as, for unexplained reasons, they did not even bother to have an interpreter on hand, though some highly technical language was used during the event.