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Well it would be the first thing he has DONE on his own without being told to.
Hardly his fault, trojka gives very limited space for maneuvering. And as long as they set the rules, Cyprus has a chance. In my opinion at lest

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The President has set a number of targets for action within the Public Sector and also the mechanism to monitor progress. I think this kind of process by anyone is unheard of in Cyprus.

I am prepared to give him the opportunity and time to obtain results.

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The point i was trying to make is that he has been in office for 6 months and done nothing of substance other than what he has been told to do.

Yes there are all sorts of things going on that may result in change for the better but this is cyprus afterall any anyone who has been here for a while knows that 'promises' from politians dont usually materalise.

A couple of examples that could have saved millions.
How many months have laiki bank employees received fat pay cheques that have all been taken from the bail-in pot or government coffers. Almost all will go eventually so why prolong the agony.
CYairways - a basket case if ever there was one. Someone needs to look at the reality of the situation. Why pour in millons more when they will never a cent returned.
Maybe its because these are politicaly expedient.
 
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The point i was trying to make is that he has been in office for 6 months and done nothing of substance other than what he has been told to do.

Yes there are all sorts of things going on that may result in change for the better but this is cyprus afterall any anyone who has been here for a while knows that 'promises' from politians dont usually materalise.

A couple of examples that could have saved millions.
How many months have laiki bank employees received fat pay cheques that have all been taken from the bail-in pot or government coffers. Almost all will go eventually so why prolong the agony.
CYairways - a basket case if ever there was one. Someone needs to look at the reality of the situation. Why pour in millons more when they will never a cent returned.
Maybe its because these are politicaly expedient.
This is a problem with unions that have way to much power in this country. :spy:

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Yes Anders, so why does pres nikos not just tell them the 'gravy train' has left cyprus and face up to them like a president who is in charge of the country.

This sort of change costs nothing and would set the right tone - but oh no cant upset anyone - it will have to be done eventually if ever cyprus is to avoid total bankruptcy.

He has done the easy things set out in the MOU - most of whats left in there is going to be very painful for some. Hence the warnings from the troika about the risks of not sticking to their timetable. :clock:is ticking
 
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Yes Anders, so why does pres nikos not just tell them the 'gravy train' has left cyprus and face up to them like a president who is in charge of the country.

This sort of change costs nothing and would set the right tone - but oh no cant upset anyone - it will have to be done eventually if ever cyprus is to avoid total bankruptcy.

He has done the easy things set out in the MOU - most of whats left in there is going to be very painful for some. Hence the warnings from the troika about the risks of not sticking to their timetable. :clock:is ticking
But it seems that he is keeping the pace and timetable the trojka want. Otherwise they had not approved the second payment.

But most of this comes from the culture here. And you don't change it over night.

I still have very high hopes with this guy, and still he is not a dictator, he does not rule alone, perhaps unfortunately but....

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Anders makes a good point about not trying to change the culture overnight. Where fast changes have been made elsewhere chaos followed.

Berni109 made the point that "this is Cyprus after all any anyone who has been here for a while knows that 'promises' from politicians don't usually materialise." This is not an exclusive Cyprus problem but has everything to do with politicians worldwide.

Anders is also right to remind us that he not a dictator and has to use the parliamentary process which, of course, is hindered by the adversarial system that exists here, in the UK and many other countries.

Berni109 makes the point that the clock is ticking. This is quite right and why the President has turned to the Attorney General with regard to the CBC Governor who is delaying for no good reason other than his own agenda.

I see no case to be made at the current time that the President is not doing his job. A bank, with all it's legal responsibilities and account cannot be merged with another and shut overnight. I'm certainly seeing the branches closing now though. It is happening.

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We also need to bear in mind that the tourist season was in full swing and is only just winding down for the year. Not a good time to generate strikes or create union unrest.
 

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Politicans the world over (has as already been said) are a gutless waste of space. Anything but what is actually needed for a quite life. Dont rock the boat or we will not get re-elected. If we need change do the minimum you can get away with. Too many friends:hungry: and plams to grease. - :yell:Rant over!

Why was i not supprised to read these:
"Policy implementation of Cyprus' programme critical, uncertainties remain" from the troika chief.
Only 14m so far collected of the 100m IPT expected - as if the other 80m will be paid in october.

Things take time - agreed - but the 'crafty ways' of doing things here in cyprus will take years to change and the economy does not have that long. (maybe we can just about hold out for the gas - some hope!)
 
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Politicans the world over (has as already been said) are a gutless waste of space. Anything but what is actually needed for a quite life. Dont rock the boat or we will not get re-elected. If we need change do the minimum you can get away with. Too many friends:hungry: and plams to grease. - :yell:Rant over!

Why was i not supprised to read these:
"Policy implementation of Cyprus' programme critical, uncertainties remain" from the troika chief.
Only 14m so far collected of the 100m IPT expected - as if the other 80m will be paid in october.

Things take time - agreed - but the 'crafty ways' of doing things here in cyprus will take years to change and the economy does not have that long. (maybe we can just about hold out for the gas - some hope!)
Why should the remaining 80 not be paid? You have until 15 of November to pay. Much of the outstanding IPT is from expats, and I am quite sure they will pay

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Berni109: you seem to revel in negativity about Cyprus and everything related. Do you have any constructive suggestions to offer?

In stating "the economy does not have that long", do you really think the EU would let a member country go bankrupt for such a relatively small amount? The knock-on effects, destabilisation of many other member countries and a real threat to the banks would follow leading to a crisis in the viability of the EU, something many politicians would see as an opportunity to be seized.

If the government does nothing you complain, if it does something, it is too slow for you or it's not good enough. Are you really saying "The end is nigh" and there is no solution?

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Some people are just not happy unless they are spouting doom and gloom and negativity.
We cannot expect things to be sorted out overnight when the previous government made such a mess of things.
The last president only got in to office by blackmailing the previous one with things he knew about him to make him withdraw from going for another term.
That alone should have told people what sort of person he is.

Lets give the new guy a chance and stop having a go at him.:)
 

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I thought pres nikos was a great hope for the future of cyprus but the lack of short term activity on his part worries me.

Bring up the past solves nothing - its gone - the future is all we have. The only people who are paying for the past mistakes are normal citizens - as ever - politicians walk away richer then when they arrived.

I hope you guys are right and he does turn it around in time to avoid an unmitigated disaster. The people of cyprus deserve better than they have at present.:fingerscrossed:
 
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I thought pres nikos was a great hope for the future of cyprus but the lack of short term activity on his part worries me.

Bring up the past solves nothing - its gone - the future is all we have. The only people who are paying for the past mistakes are normal citizens - as ever - politicians walk away richer then when they arrived.

I hope you guys are right and he does turn it around in time to avoid an unmitigated disaster. The people of cyprus deserve better than they have at present.:fingerscrossed:
I talk to many Cypriots around where we live and many of them say that in a way we brought this on ourselves. And perhaps they are also right.

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"we brought this on ourselves"
hindsight is a wonderful thing when looking back at the PAST. Realising too late that you have cocked it up means you have to do something to rectify the situation rather than 'navel gazing'. Same applies on a personal or national level.
The locals coming to their senses will only make matters worse in the short term as they reduce their consumption to match a lower budget.

As you can see from my posts i distrust politicans of any colour but all our futures are in their hands so we must hope that the current bunch start to get their act together a bit sharpish.
 
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"we brought this on ourselves"
hindsight is a wonderful thing when looking back at the PAST. Realising too late that you have cocked it up means you have to do something to rectify the situation rather than 'navel gazing'. Same applies on a personal or national level.
The locals coming to their senses will only make matters worse in the short term as they reduce their consumption to match a lower budget.

As you can see from my posts i distrust politicans of any colour but all our futures are in their hands so we must hope that the current bunch start to get their act together a bit sharpish.
That can go for many countries, not least UK. As a swede I can say I am proud that Sweden has a very strong economy and luckily are NO Euro member

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Anders, you are a lucky man. i dont know much about the Swedish economy - the UK one is probably in much a worse state than is cyprus. UK are very good at 'smoke and mirrors' so hopefully we wont need to go to the imf any time soon.
 

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As of Q1 2013 the national debt of the UK amounted to £1,377.4 billion, or 90.7% of total GDP. It is forecast to rise to 95.6% of total GDP in 2013, further rising to 98.7% of GDP in 2014. Due to the Government's significant budget deficit, the national debt is increasing by approximately £121 billion per annum, or around £2.3 billion each week

Cyprus has a national debt of €15.350 billion which is 85.8% of GDP (2012 est.) All these figures are from Wiki.

So the UK does appear to be in worse shape than Cyprus. The major difference is that the UK earns enough to meet it's debt repayments and can therefore borrow more. Thus it can maintain the policy of government after government borrowing to survive. This is why the UK governments have fought to keep interest rates low. If they rise it is likely that the debt repayments could not be met, credit ratings would plummet even more with further borrowing made much more expensive and eventually not being available. That part of the UK scenario is impossible to manage and the total debt can never be repaid.

If Cyprus manages the gas situation correctly it's situation could be reversed in a relatively short time. No other country in the EU has this luxury to look forward to. In fact if all the predicted gas could come on stream I would imagine that gas prices would fall enough to endanger the Netherlands economy which is propped up by their gas exports and seriously affect Russia.

What a wonderful thought.

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