Per­ilous habits

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Greece’s left­ist-led ad­min­is­tra­tion will never man­age to over­come the ex­ist­ing dead­locks as long as it con­tin­ues to op­er­ate in the cur­rent mode: The gov­ern­ment is pro­cras­ti­nat­ing, it shies away from hard facts, it is con­stantly look­ing for scape­goats, it still be­lieves it can carry out its ground­less pledges, it re­fuses to go by in­ter­na­tional stan­dards, it tries to get away with makeshift so­lu­tions, and it fails to see that its ac­tions are un­der con­stant mon­i­tor­ing. The gov­ern­ment’s fail­ures are ev­i­dent across a wide range of is­sues – the coun­try’s bank­ing sys­tem, so­cial se­cu­rity re­form, state rev­enues, the immigration cri­sis, the pri­va­ti­za­tion of re­gional air­ports, the con­tro­versy over the gold mine in Halkidiki, north­ern Greece, and so on. What is worse is that the SYRIZA­led gov­ern­ment has proved to­tally un­able to learn from its mis­takes. As a re­sult, the coun­try’s prob­lems re­main un­solved. Alexis Tsipras and his min­is­ters must fi­nally re­al­ize that time is run­ning out.

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