Blam­ing it on the bo­gey­man

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Ev­ery time the gov­ern­ment’s ne­go­ti­a­tions with the troika of in­ter­na­tional lenders reaches a crit­i­cal point, Greeks are plunged into a state of fear and in­se­cu­rity. Greek politi­cians have never taken the ini­tia­tive to ex­plain in clear terms just what the troika is de­mand­ing and which of th­ese de­mands are ir­ra­tional in terms of the pub­lic’s and the coun­try’s in­ter­ests, and which are not. Ever since the start of the cri­sis, politi­cians have cho­sen the easy way out: hid­ing be­hind the troika and pre­sent­ing it as the bo­gey­man. All they achieve by this cow­ardice, how­ever, is greater pub­lic anger. If the re­forms be­ing de­manded in­clude mea­sures such as the re­stric­tion of early re­tire­ments, which need to be adopted for the good of the econ­omy whether the troika in­sists on them or not, then some­one ought to have the courage to come for­ward and say so. The cur­rent cir­cum­stances de­mand that the coun­try’s politi­cians to be open and suc­cinct, and, most im­por­tantly, un­afraid.

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