In 10 months, Greece will be released from the agreements that have effectively ruled it for the past seven years, and will once again become a normal country. This was, in essence, the message that Alexis Tsipras, the Syriza Prime Minister, wanted to emphasize in an interview given to the Athens daily newspaper Efimerida Syndakton.
“2017 is not the same as 2015,” he said, and tried explain why. On one hand, it is undeniable that the pressure from creditors, in particular from the International Monetary Fund, seems to have decreased notably lately. The Athens government aims to finalize the third evaluation of the application of the provisions in the financial assistance program by the end of the year.
It remains to be seen what will happen in concrete terms regarding labor laws, but it seems that the darkest period, that of the requests for the total deregulation of the labor market, is finally a thing of the past.