Patience has its limits
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.