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szdaily -> Opinion -> 
Time for Greek Government to face reality
    2015-03-02  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    George N. Tzogopoulos

    IT is a usual phenomenon for Greek politicians during the ongoing crisis to land in reality after winning an election.

    Pre-election promises, populism and illusions are buried when unavoidable decisions have to be made at the international level. In that regard, the new Greek Government’s request for an extension of the current bailout program is not surprising.

    The real challenge of the Greek coalition government led by SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left), however, is not to sign documents and submit reform lists to its creditors, but to deliver.

    SYRIZA has now a unique opportunity. It can benefit from the existing flexibility of the bailout program and focus more on structural reforms than on austerity.

    The mission of the Greek Government is difficult.

    On the one hand, it faces an immediate liquidity problem as a result of the continuous reduction of state revenues. On the other hand, it needs to overcome internal obstacles as well as to persuade the country’s creditors that it will practically keep its promises.

    Additionally, contradicting voices heard within SYRIZA create skepticism as to whether the international commitments of the party can find domestic consensus.

    A careful analysis of the current situation shows that Greece has no room for unilateral actions. Every policy recommendation of the new government has to be agreed upon in co-ordination with the so-called troika, or “The Institutions.”

    It is now the responsibility of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to build a united front and demonstrate that he can implement structural reforms better than his predecessors.

    The sooner Greece stops demonizing the bailout and foreign countries for its own problems, the earlier it can regain international confidence within the eurozone. There is no other way apart from accepting and publicly stating this truth.

    (The author is a Xinhua News Agency staff writer.)

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