Con­sen­sus is the key now

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

Greece is tee­ter­ing on the brink of disas­ter, but it can and must be saved. For his part, Prime Min­is­ter Ge­orge Pa­pan­dreou should have no il­lu­sions about what awaits him if he does not find the courage to en­force the changes needed. Within the next few days, he will have to an­nounce a mas­sive pro­gram of spend­ing cuts, pri­va­ti­za­tions and re­forms that will be based on spe­cific as­sur­ances. There is no doubt that the old guard in PASOK and la­bor unions will fight its tooth and nail, but re­mains to be seen is whether Pa­pan­dreou will be able to tran­scend his own con­tra­dic­tions and the prob­lems within his own party. But, it is cru­cial that he does and that these steps are taken. Mean­while, it is also cru­cial for the coun­try’s cred­i­bil­ity and for its ne­go­ti­at­ing power on the in­ter­na­tional arena that New Democ­racy backs the gov­ern­ment in at least the main chunk of the pro­gram.

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