Across their country Greeks have been assessing what effects the new government may have after street protests and political wrangling brought about Friday’s cabinet changes.
“The prime minister is making an effort and we recognise that but unfortunately he does not have the experience that is required to handle such serious problems,” said one Athens resident.
“I don’t think it’s an issue of getting rid of one minister or another, the issue is to change the policy to one that does not make ordinary citizens carry all the burden, such as pensioners and workers for example,” pointed out another.
Despite the political moves, there is much cynicism in the Greek capital. One man we spoke to said he believed little will actually change: “I think it will be more of the same. I am disappointed by these politicians in general because they are not concerned with Greek citizens, but with where they can get money from. It’s going to be pretty much the same,” he said.
The prime minister has played his hand and the people of Greece look set for a series of severe austerity measures the effects of which will be monitored and analysed beyond their own borders.