Government faced with social reactions
Samaras is trying to prevent social reactions to the measures, saying at every given opportunity that they are painful but necessary because there is no other way out....
Samaras is trying to prevent social reactions to the measures, saying at every given opportunity that they are painful but necessary because there is no other way out.
Consultations with the Troika will be repeated during the week, while next Friday European Council president Rompuy will visit our country. A meeting of the three political leaders who support the government is also expected within the week, to overcome the reservations for individual measures mostly by Fotis Kouvelis and for the overall strategy towards our partners by Vangelis Venizelos.
The package of measures will be ready for presentation in the informal Cyprus Eurogroup by the end of next week. Samaras will meet with ECB president Mario Draghi and probably with IMF head Christine Lagarde within September.
Meanwhile, the prime minister will make a stop in Thessaloniki on Saturday, since for the first time it has been decided not to follow the established practice of a speech and a press conference for the productive classes.
Officially, the communications staff speaks of a different ethos and behavior by Samaras’ government, one consistent with the times. In another approach, the prime minister wants to avoid a speech where the only thing he would have to announce would be painful cuts, and especially a press conference where he would be faced with his quite recent commitments, from renegotiation to changing the mix of economic policy and asking for an inquiry committee.
Instead, there is a thought that Samaras should address the Greek people with one type of "policy address" speech in order to elicit their tolerance when the package of measures has been completed and before its coming to parliament for a vote. He will focus on the package of measures being the last one and that without it there is no hope of staying in the EU. He will argue that otherwise the sacrifices of the Greek people will have been in vain and as long as we remain in the Eurozone things will start to change and within two years Greece will go through a phase of recovery and then into unprecedented growth rates. Before that Samaras will have to convince the ministers who avoid public appearances and those who believe that "the new package is not manageable communication-wise." The leadership line is that "there is no room for personal political maneuvers."
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