The new government has published the position with which it will enter negotiations. The following statement caught my immediate attention: “The three parties also agreed against any sackings in the public sector”. There were several other points where my gut reaction was that they would cost quite a bit of new money.
The Troika’s position, so far, has been confusing, but what else would one expect from the Troika? A clear “njet” has been voiced here and there but it really didn’t sound like a clear “njet”. And the more common reaction was that there may be preparedness to lengthen some of the time frames. But, of course, “no changes to the substance”.
It seems to me that there are oceans between these two positions which neither side can afford to bridge. At the same time, neither side can afford to come away from the (re)negotiations with a significant loss of face.
Chances are that, at the end of the day, we will have some form of new agreement about which both sides will be very proud. How they get there will be fun to watch!