Reck­less prom­ises

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There is no doubt that taxes, pen­sion con­tri­bu­tions, the price of fuel for farm­ers and other re­lated is­sues are po­lit­i­cally sen­si­tive and that a suc­ces­sion of gov­ern­ments have avoided tack­ling them. That said, it is in­con­ceiv­able that just 3.5 bil­lion eu­ros is de­clared when the value of Greek agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tion has been es­ti­mated at 10.5 bil­lion eu­ros a year by the Agri­cul­tural De­vel­op­ment Min­istry. At a time when the coun­try has nowhere to go but for­ward, we would ex­pect Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras to avoid mak­ing am­bi­tious prom­ises to lighten the tax bur­den on farm­ers – mea­sures that would es­sen­tially keep the so­cially un­just priv­i­leges of the sec­tor right where they are. Un­for­tu­nately, it ap­pears that Tsipras has learned noth­ing from the many lofty prom­ises he made at the Thes­sa­loniki In­ter­na­tional Fair last year that could not be ful­filled.

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