Fight­ing de­featism

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De­featism is prob­a­bly the gov­ern­ment’s great­est enemy to­day. As long as the pre­mier and some key min­is­ters kept de­fend­ing and im­ple­ment­ing re­forms, they had the ad­van­tage of ini­tia­tive and progress. But then they be­gan bow­ing to pres­sure. The peo­ple are al­ready fu­ri­ous about all the taxes they have to pay and are get­ting an­grier as probes re­veal the ex­tent of the rot in the sys­tem. Still, most would con­tinue to sup­port the gov­ern­ment if they felt it was mak­ing changes and had a core of re­li­able min­is­ters to see the coun­try’s re­cov­ery through. Evan­ge­los Venize­los and PASOK are in a dif­fi­cult po­si­tion, but if they back down now they will face an even big­ger risk of po­lit­i­cal ex­tinc­tion. If there is one thing the cri­sis has taught us, it’s that politi­cians who give up half­way through a chal­leng­ing sit­u­a­tion never make it. Prime Min­is­ter An­to­nis Sa­ma­ras and his gov­ern­ment still have a chance to get the coun­try where it needs to be, which is not as far away as it once was.

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