Un­ac­cept­able foot-drag­ging

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In the sum­mer, the SYRIZA-led coali­tion gov­ern­ment signed a third in­ter­na­tional bailout agree­ment with the coun­try’s lenders. It was a de­ci­sion that drew sup­port from all of Greece’s pro-Euro­pean po­lit­i­cal par­ties. The move led to the split of the left­ist party, which nev­er­the­less went on to win the coun­try’s early gen­eral elec­tions in Septem­ber, as most vot­ers en­dorsed Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras’s U-turn, which re­sulted in the new deal. How­ever, se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials are now be­hav­ing as if the dead­lines em­a­nat­ing from the bailout agree­ment do not ex­its. They are of course ei­ther try­ing to fool the Greek peo­ple, or the lenders or them­selves. What­ever their in­cen­tives may be, their foot-drag­ging is at odds with the ur­gent need for sta­bil­ity and growth.

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