A rea­son­able agree­ment

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

Greece can­not and should not al­low it­self to be left with­out a safety net to cover any fund­ing needs that may crop up after the end of the year. With­out such pro­tec­tion it would be at se­ri­ous risk as that would cre­ate a lot of prob­lems for the coun­try’s banks and the econ­omy as a whole. Ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the Greek gov­ern­ment and the coun­try’s in­ter­na­tional lenders are in an ex­tremely dif­fi­cult phase and, es­pe­cially when it comes to the need for more fis­cal mea­sures, are bor­der­ing on the lu­di­crous. One way that the gov­ern­ment could strengthen its po­si­tion would be to as­sure the lenders that all the re­forms that have al­ready been rat­i­fied will be fully im­ple­mented. If the gov­ern­ment man­ages to pla­cate the lenders it will then be able to face the troika with con­fi­dence and press for a rea­son­able and sus­tain­able so­lu­tion for the fu­ture. Of course this pre­sup­poses that the troika is not se­cretly con­duct­ing some ex­per­i­ment into how to cre­ate chaos.

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