No call for more games

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Psy­cho­log­i­cal war­fare has been a part of the ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the troika and Athens from the very start of the cri­sis. But the sit­u­a­tion is much dif­fer­ent now and troika decision-mak­ers should not for­get their own share of re­spon­si­bil­ity. Greece has come so far thanks to the sac­ri­fices of its peo­ple and the ef­forts of the gov­ern­ment – al­beit with cer­tain fail­ures and omis­sions. With the support of our part­ners and de­spite mis­takes in the pol­icy mix, much has im­proved since 2012. Greece is still in the eu­ro­zone and the first, faint signs of re­cov­ery are ev­i­dent. But six years of re­ces­sion and aus­ter­ity have left deep wounds. An­gela Merkel, Mario Draghi and Chris­tine La­garde must re­al­ize that this is not solely a case of num­bers and ideas. It’s about the fate of a na­tion and Europe’s abil­ity to man­age a se­ri­ous cri­sis. When a coun­try has made such an ef­fort to stand on its feet no one has the right to ex­per­i­ment with its peo­ple’s and po­lit­i­cal sys­tem’s lim­its.

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