Did the premier know?

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It is to­tally rea­son­able and wel­come for a prime min­is­ter to hold con­fi­den­tial talks with in­ter­na­tional of­fi­cials – such as the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the In­ter­na­tional Mon­e­tary Fund, Do­minique Strauss-Kahn. No one wants to have a pro­vin­cial-style prime min­is­ter who has no con­tacts with for­eign of­fi­cials and big in­ter­na­tional play­ers. That said, there is an is­sue here that needs to be ad­dressed. Re­cent ev­i­dence, based on a pre­vi­ously un­heard in­ter­view with the French chief of the Wash­ing­ton-based or­ga­ni­za­tion, seems to sug­gest that be­cause of his for­eign con­tacts and his good ties with peo­ple like Strauss-Kahn, the Greek prime min­is­ter did in fact have a clear pic­ture of the coun­try’s fis­cal de­rail­ment well be­fore the gen­eral elec­tions of 2009 as well as be­yond that date. That would se­ri­ously con­tra­dict Ge­orge Pa­pan­dreou’s ir­re­spon­si­ble pledges made dur­ing the cam­paign pe­riod and the foot-drag­ging dur­ing the early months of his ten­ure.

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