A more immediate concern is to secure the support of the three party leaders in his coalition for continued commitment to economic reform and austerity, irrespective of who will lead the next government following snap polls. Antonis Samaras, the leader of conservative New Democracy, which is leading in opinion polls, told Reuters that April 8 should be the deadline for early elections. Both European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs Olli Rehn and German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble insisted yesterday on the importance of political leaders offering guarantees.
“It is clear and evident we need convincing and firm commitments,” Rehn said. Schaeuble struck a similar tone. “Greece must implement the agreed measures and reforms.
And of course all Greek parties must agree to the measures and a new program, independently of the upcoming elections,” he said. In a related development, Germany’s deputy labor minister, Hans-Joachim Fuchtel, pledged to do his best to supply local authority officials with the know-how to make their services more efficient and curb waste. “I am not here to impose our positions and views,” Fuchtel said.