"In practice, those goals require a fundamental overhaul of the Greek system, which would be difficult in the best of times and is proving torturous now. Plans to raise money by selling off state property have collided with a new tax on land that makes investors less interested in buying it. Efforts to curb rampant tax evasion are hampered by deep pay cuts for tax collectors. In the meantime, the country is close to running out of money."

Michael Birnbaum, highlighting just some of the ways austerity can’t work in today’s Washington Post