It is evident from a series of public statements that the new government is viewed positively by the representatives of Greece's creditors and European partners as they expect better cooperation and more steadfast reform policies.
Nevertheless, the first positive signals do mean that creditors are prepared to change the basic targets of economic policy.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (l) on Tuesday assured Archbishop Ieronymos that his government will not push through with plans to remove priests from the state payroll, reversing a decision by the previous leftist administration. Mitsotakis stressed that articles 3 and 13 of the constitution, which determine relations between the Church and state, would not be changed.
Shortly before Greece's recent election, the gifted orator and then-prime minister Alexis Tsipras delivered a rousing speech to a cheering throng of supporters, at one point declaring that his main opponent could not achieve what Tsipras was experiencing at that moment: an adoring crowd. "They can't have a rally like this one," he said.
No sooner had newly installed Education Minister Niki Kerameus said that the conservative government intends to revoke a decision by the previous administration to establish a fourth law school in Patra in western Greece, former prime minister Alexis Tsipras reacted by accusing New Democracy of pandering to private interests.