Ba­sic steps for­ward

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Greece’s in­ter­na­tional cred­i­tors have said that they will not in­sist on more fis­cal mea­sures if the coali­tion gov­ern­ment im­ple­ments a se­ries of ba­sic re­forms rec­om­mended by the Paris­based Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment (OECD) for re­mov­ing bar­ri­ers to com­pe­ti­tion. Now is the time to find out if they re­ally mean it. The cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion is op­er­at­ing with re­stricted po­lit­i­cal cap­i­tal and as a re­sult, Prime Min­is­ter An­to­nis Sa­ma­ras must choose his up­com­ing Par­lia­men­tary bat­tles ex­tremely care­fully. If Sa­ma­ras opts for the kind of re­forms that could have a di­rect, pos­i­tive ef­fect on the daily lives of Greek cit­i­zens, on the one hand, while the troika takes a few other thorny is­sues off the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble, then the coun­try could avoid a new cri­sis and the dis­as­trous pro­lon­ga­tion of un­cer­tainty.

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