Pa­tience has its lim­its

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

As a coun­try, we seem to be mak­ing a real ef­fort to test the pa­tience and tol­er­ance of our Euro­pean part­ners and our in­ter­na­tional cred­i­tors. Their pa­tience, which has al­ready been stretched to the limit, is be­gin­ning to run out, and fast, as they see the gov­ern­ment pon­der­ing a ref­er­en­dum on the one hand, and on the other the op­po­si­tion ar­gu­ing that the closer we get to bank­ruptcy, the more pow­er­ful our bar­gain­ing po­si­tion. The im­age that Greece is pro­ject­ing is a far cry from that of Por­tu­gal and other coun­tries fac­ing crises of a sim­i­lar na­ture to ours, who are busy get­ting things done and try­ing to get their coun­tries back into shape. It is more than ob­vi­ous that Greece ei­ther needs a na­tional con­sen­sus or a coali­tion gov­ern­ment that will be strong enough to take on the gar­gan­tuan task of get­ting the coun­try back on its feet again and on the path to growth. As things stand now, the only thing Greece looks like it’s do­ing is test­ing the pa­tience of Europe and of the In­ter­na­tional Mon­e­tary Fund per­sis­tently, if not sys­tem­at­i­cally.

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