The swearing in of Antonis Samaras the new Greek Prime Minister has brought some subdued cheer in his nation, which has been through such a difficult phase. After the religious ceremony with the Patriarchs of the Greek Orthodox Church, Mr Samaras made a very short speech, showing some urgency that he has work to do in meeting his new cabinet and getting the people back on track to Recovery.
It seems a tough challenge, to which Mr Samaras will rise, ably assisted by Evangelos Venizelos and the other members of his centre-left pro-bailout cabinet.
Internationally, his election has been seen as a very positive sign for a return to stability and good common sense, which cheered up the markets and has brought the Greek bond yields down. I expect the yields will move down further, as confidence grows. It seems to auger well for Europe as a whole.
A nation which has seen five years of recession has most of the population starting at about equal, so that is the blessing in disguise for them. Just like in the 1930s after the Depression, America rose to prosperity, because people were hungry for betterment and success, so it shall too be for the Greek nation, as they find new industries, invest their talents and efforts, and face the future with the fighting spirit and willingness for success which has characterised the Greek people but which recently has been dormant. But just as they won the Euro match last weekend, so should they look forward to rising to the challenge of rebuilding the nation to Recovery and Prosperity.