After its first hundred days in office, the new Greek government still enjoys broad popular support; some people hope that it may eventually influence the political public agenda in Europe.

Euclid Tsakalotos, Alternate Foreign Minister for International Economic Relations, recently noted (7.05)  that the Greek government has been working very hard on finding a solution and has been building on the letter and spirit of the February 20 Agreement; he stressed the need for an honorable compromise between the old and new. Furthermore, the government wants to shift focus on development.

As Finance MinisterYanis Varoufakis outlines in his A Blueprint for Greece’s Recovery, (6.05), the negotiations should  concentrate on “reforms that unleash the country’s considerable potential by removing bottlenecks in several areas: productive investment, credit provision, innovation, competition, social security, public administration, the judiciary, the labor market, cultural production, and, last but not least, democratic governance.”

Commentators are closely following the Greek government’s negotiations with the EU/IMF and express views on the prospects of reforms in Greece.

Professor Loukas Tsoukalis reflects in the German Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Flashlight Europe that it is "absurd to argue that the new government in Greece can impose its popular mandate on its European partners. But it is equally absurd and dangerous to argue that elections make no real difference to economic policy… Europe cannot operate on the basis of the one and only truth."

Mihalis Panayiotakis, journalist at Avgi daily, maintains in AnalyzeGreece that some necessary reforms have already been implemented: among others, abolishing the entrance fee to public hospitals; the public broadcaster ERT has been reopened; oligarchs are being brought to justice for tax evasion; primary residences are again protected by law from foreclosure; and steps are being taken for the re-establishment of collective bargaining and labor rights and the restoration by law of minimum wage.

The Guardian’s Editorial (May 7) stresses that “the endless haggling between Greece and its creditors has become detrimental both to Greece and to the European Union as a whole… An agreement needs to be reached – the sooner the better,” while Paul Krugman argues in NYT (April 20) that "the creditors are demanding things — big cuts in pensions and public employment — that a newly elected government of the left simply can’t agree to," but "there is, or should be a halfway decent alternative" and "that there’s more good will on the other side of the table than many Greeks suppose."