Editorial: And now we rush…
After the trip and meetings in the USA, the Prime Minister returns to Athens to face the harsh reality. Despite the efforts of the…
After the trip and meetings in the USA, the Prime Minister returns to Athens to face the harsh reality. Despite the efforts of the caretaker government, the election process left a series of outstanding commitments stemming from the new bailout which must now be addressed.
The timetable of the next few months when these commitments must be implemented has been established and is rather pressing. The new bailout provides a strict timetable for a slew of regulations and reforms, which may not all have the same weight, but implementing them is a top priority in order to proceed with the dispensation of the first tranche.
The first few days of the new government are not particularly encouraging, as many ministers do not appear to realize the crucial nature of the situation, nor the urgency of the measures and decisions that they must take. They continue to waver between their election campaign promises and reality, so consequently the sate mechanism is operating under the same relaxed pace as previously.
The policy statements offer an opportunity for the Prime Minister to clear up the situation. There is no room for fruitless debates and ostensible delays over non-existent alternative measures. Mr. Tsipras, who has the overall responsibility for the country’s course, must put an end to this procrastination. The people gave him the mandate, aware of what the implementation of the new bailout entails, in hopes that he will do the best for them and the country.
Mr. Tsipras’ officers who assumed ministerial positions were well aware of the responsibility and cost they assumed. They must now put an end to the delays and evasion and start rushing, so that when the next review comes up we are not faced with situations that neither the economy, nor society can handle.