No more own goals, please
Despite the daily crises and the coalition government’s many own goals we should not lose sight of the bigger picture. It appeared that Greece had finally entered more stable territory and the economy had started to grow. However, as has so often been the case in the past, the political system dropped the ball at the worst possible moment. The leftist opposition fueled a lengthy period of uncertainty and the government appeared to lose its cool following the results of the European Parliament elections in May. That said, a lot of key challenges lie ahead. The financial markets and Greece’s international lenders have both sent a loud signal to the government as well as the opposition which is in a hurry to rule the country. The administration must rise to the occasion and find the courage to clear its highest hurdle yet. It would of course be good if government officials stopped shooting themselves in the foot.