Re­forms worth fight­ing for

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The re­port by the Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment (OECD) pub­lished in Novem­ber and out­lin­ing pro­pos­als for the dereg­u­la­tion of the Greek mar­ket is a first­class op­por­tu­nity for some se­ri­ous re­forms to be pushed through. The prime min­is­ter and key cab­i­net mem­bers have of­ten an­nounced their in­ten­tion to put many of the OECD’s pro­pos­als into prac­tice. Mean­while, though, cer­tain min­is­ters weighed up what such re­forms would cost them po­lit­i­cally as it would mean chal­leng­ing the in­ter­ests of pow­er­ful unions and groups. What we have, there­fore, is an ad­mis­sion of the need for the re­forms but not the will power to push them through. How­ever, if the draft law that will out­line th­ese re­forms is wa­tered down, it will mean another vic­tory for vested in­ter­ests and a ma­jor op­por­tu­nity lost. The gov­ern­ment can and must put up a fight for the re­forms and con­vince the av­er­age cit­i­zen that there is much to be gained from them.

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