Noth­ing to gain from snap polls

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

The politi­cians and pun­dits who have been de­mand­ing that the coun­try go to snap elec­tions over the past few weeks are play­ing with fire and they ob­vi­ously dis­re­gard the risk of Greece hav­ing to de­clare bank­ruptcy in the run-up to a gen­eral elec­tion. The com­ing days and weeks are ex­tremely cru­cial – and they will re­quire key de­ci­sions and fast re­flexes. Should the nation en­ter a pre-elec­tion pe­riod or, worse, a pe­riod with­out a strong lead­er­ship, the dan­gers will be huge. Mean­while, no one has ever ex­plained ex­actly what the plat­form of such an elec­tion would be, as on the one hand, the gov­ern­ment has shied away from telling the truth, and, on the other, the op­po­si­tion has sys­tem­at­i­cally down­played the dilem­mas that em­anate from the fact that Greece de­pends on its len­ders for eco­nomic sur­vival. Prime Min­is­ter Ge­orge Pa­pan­dreou is ex­pected to an­nounce cru­cial de­ci­sions and New Democ­racy must throw its weight be­hind the ef­fort. No clean so­lu­tion will come from a pre­ma­ture elec­tion. In fact, a snap vote will strengthen the im­pres­sion of Greece as a state with­out a leader, a state in tur­moil.

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