OPINION

A chance to clear up falsehoods

The decision by the French managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, to make an appearance before the Greek Parliament’s economic affairs committee during his planned visit to Athens today, is viewed as a positive gesture. Strauss-Kahn is expected to respond to questions from Greek members of Parliament and to discuss details of the so-called memorandum (a loan deal agreed to and signed by the Socialist government, the IMF and the European Union) and the policy of the Washington-based organization. In a country that is very prone to speculation and conspiracy theories, such as Greece, the presence here of the International Monetary Fund’s chief will provide an excellent opportunity to counter criticism as well as to clear up a number of ambiguous issues that have frequently been responsible for putting the brakes on the implementation of a crucial deal which is key to the economic survival of the debt-stricken country.