Editorial: Negotiating games with the country’s future at stake
Once again, we are seeing a repeat of the same old story. The review is turning into a constant thriller, with the government…
Once again, we are seeing a repeat of the same old story. The review is turning into a constant thriller, with the government declaring red lines, making real or imagined threats and constantly rushing to save what it can. Despite past experience – particularly last summer – we have reached the eleventh hour and there is no light at the end of the tunnel.
Everything suggests that the negotiation will conclude before Easter, despite the fact that ministers such as Mr. Tsakolotos warned – who? – that we will be in trouble if do not conclude with it soon. They created a tension with the IMF to quickly find, as always, that the Europe and the IMF eventually find common ground.
They submit critical bills, even though they are aware that there is no final agreement and everything is up in the air. They insist upon the political negotiation, when they have understood that unless the troika agrees, then it is merely talks for domestic consumption. Now we are waiting for Eurostat’s data for 2015, to see what leeway there is for the institutions and the IMF in particular, to lower their excessive demands for additional measures.
This constant uncertainty is killing off what is left standing in the economy. Everything has stalled, the people are numb and concerned and the market is inevitably suffering. Everything is becoming increasingly complicated, the review is constantly delayed, with Mr. Tsipras and his ministers expecting some magical force that will adapt reality to their measures.
Nobody appears to understand that this perpetual prolongation of negotiations and the constant delays are catastrophic for the country. We need to put an end to this uncertainty in order to finally see the bottom of the barrel. They insist on sacrificing the country’s future in an endless and above all inefficient negotiation, which undermines any attempt to stabilize the economy.