Will PM have the courage?

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

Within the next few weeks, Prime Min­is­ter Ge­orge Pa­pan­dreou must an­nounce a plan or at least a se­ries of de­ci­sions that will come as a pleas­ant sur­prise to Greece’s in­ter­na­tional part­ners and to the mar­kets. The fact that New Democ­racy has voiced its agree­ment with the pri­va­ti­za­tion of the ail­ing Pub­lic Power Cor­po­ra­tion pro­vides the premier with a prize op­por­tu­nity to go against the flow and con­vince the Euro­pean Union and the In­ter­na­tional Mon­e­tary Fund that he is ready to push ahead with bold pri­va­ti­za­tions. The fact is that ev­ery­one ex­cept the la­bor union rep­re­sent­ing PPC’s work­ers will ben­e­fit from such a de­vel­op­ment. The ques­tion, how­ever, re­mains as to whether Pa­pan­dreou will muster up the courage nec­es­sary to make a de­ci­sion that goes against his own party’s DNA, as PASOK has al­ways had very close ties with the la­bor move­ment. But it is only de­ci­sions of this kind and of this level of risk that will con­vince the EU and the IMF to con­tinue pro­vid­ing Greece with fi­nan­cial help.

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