With newspaper headlines asking ‘Can they?’ and calling them a ‘government without a grace period’, there is little trust from the press for the new administration in Greece.
This three party coalition is getting a lukewarm response.
“We don’t know them. We are not familiar with them, but we believe that they must do something better than the previous governments. It will be good for them and for Greece. That’s it. Now we are waiting,” said one man in Athens.
Decisions have been made on which politicians from each party will take up the 38 cabinet roles, but some, like independent economist Vagelis Agapitos, are not convinced political bias has been overcome.
“There are a few exceptions but the majority of the choices have reflected political parties as well as personal agendas as well as possibly pressure from vested interests and this does not make me very optimistic given the task is a Herculean task,” he said.
This coalition under the leadership of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras – the fourth one in eight months -will have to press ahead with austerity to get desperately-needed bailout money.