Fid­dling as coun­try burns

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

Our for­eign cred­i­tors and the mar­kets have sent ev­ery con­ceiv­able mes­sage to Greece. Even its his­toric ally Valery Gis­card d’Es­taing spoke yes­ter­day about the like­li­hood of the coun­try ex­it­ing the euro. Af­ter be­ing asleep at the wheel for some months now, the Greek prime min­is­ter fi­nally saw the ice­berg com­ing. Yet even now he is hes­i­tat­ing to form an emer­gency gov­ern­ment and to take the bold de­ci­sions that the cir­cum­stances dic­tate. To make mat­ters worse, he is play­ing with fire by even en­ter­tain­ing the idea of a ref­er­en­dum. As far as the op­po­si­tion is con­cerned, it is also play­ing with fire by re­spond­ing to our len­ders and part­ners in slo­gans rather than with as­sur­ances. Sirs, it is time to take the sit­u­a­tion se­ri­ously and to be­have like re­spon­si­ble politi­cians in a ma­jor na­tional cri­sis. If to­day you fail to reach a deal and place the blame on your op­po­nents, the bur­den of the coun­try’s col­lapse will rest, of course, on the prime min­is­ter’s shoul­ders first and fore­most, but also on all the other rep­re­sen­ta­tives of this bank­rupt po­lit­i­cal sys­tem.

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