'We are in government now'

Speaking in Parliament on Friday, Administrative Reform Minister Olga Gerovasili addressed opposition lawmakers saying that "now we are governing - when you are in government do as you see fit."

She was speaking in response to criticism over the way the government chose to staff the civil service.

Her phrase is of significance. To be honest, she spoke the truth. Indeed, her comment was a clear summary of what has been going on for an eternity in both the Greek civil service and the country's political life.

According to the European Commission's compliance report for the country's fourth review, 22 out of the 69 general secretaries posted to Greece's ministries did not meet the proper qualifications. As a result, the European Union's executive branch has demanded a repeat of the procedure to fill these posts. 

Gerovasili was forced to hold a press conference...

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