Editorial: The necessary compromise
Today’s meeting between Mr. Tsipras, the financial staff and Mr. Dijsselbloem is the first crash test for the new Greek government…
Today’s meeting between Mr. Tsipras, the financial staff and Mr. Dijsselbloem is the first crash test for the new Greek government, in touch with European reality.
The unofficial or behind-the-scenes contacts that took place recently may have restricted the objections the dominant leaders in the Eurozone may have had towards SYRIZA, but it seems that many of them remain on the table.
Even before he came to Athens, the Eurogroup chief managed with his comments to prepare the ground for the demands of the Europeans, who insist that the election proclamations are incompatible with the program. The Greek side though, as it transpired after the meeting with Mr. Schulz, is confident that the national recovery plan that it will present may be accepted by the Europeans and to reassure them, to a great extent.
It is certain that this negotiation is not going to be simple or painless. It is necessary though in order to end this cycle of uncertainty for the economy and the country as a whole. Patience, calmness and above all a comprehensive plan are necessary to tackle the problems currently on the table; just like domestic and European alliances are necessary, in order to change the dominant policy of strict austerity.
A mutually accepted compromise is absolutely necessary, but that requires the political will of Greece and Europe alike. The time we have ahead of us is critical and there is no room for major delays and procrastination. The real negotiation that begins today must be the start for the reaffirmation of our country’s new relationship with Europe.