A tough year ahead

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY AN­GE­LOS STANGOS

tra­tion is fol­low­ing its well-known com­mu­ni­ca­tion pol­icy of vague­ness and im­pres­sions, while its re­la­tions with the coun­try’s cred­i­tors are hang­ing in midair and no one can say where they’re head­ing. On the other hand, what is quite clear is the gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts to re­in­force its clien­tele re­la­tions in key sec­tors such as ed­u­ca­tion, health and ad­min­is­tra­tion, not just to main­tain its party base, but also in or­der to take full con­trol of the state, not to men­tion the me­dia. What is also ob­vi­ous is that the gov­ern­ment has opted to im­pose even greater taxes and con­tri­bu­tions as a means of in­creas­ing pub­lic rev­enues and to honor its obli­ga­tions vis-a-vis its lenders, as op­posed to car­ry­ing out re­forms. The coali­tion is not even push­ing for the pri­va­ti­za­tions its has pledged to carry out and re­fuses to de­velop even a vaguely at­trac­tive en­vi­ron­ment for at­tract­ing in­vest­ment. At the same time, it is un­able to move away from the ex­trem­ist state­cen­tered model which de­fines it and ap­pears un­able to de­velop a spe­cific plan in tune with re­al­ity and cur­rent re­quire­ments. This means that the real econ­omy’s out­look re­mains foggy, if not com­pletely dark. This is all hap­pen­ing in a par­tic­u­larly un­sta­ble global en­vi­ron­ment. Per­haps this is the first time, at least since World War II, that what we know is be­ing chal­lenged so fiercely. Given that Don­ald Trump is par­tic­u­larly un­pre­dictable and the US is

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