The bit­ter taste of fail­ure

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The Greek peo­ple were left feel­ing bit­terly dis­ap­pointed fol­low­ing yes­ter­day’s meet­ing of party lead­ers. The prime min­is­ter came up with a num­ber of dif­fer­ent ideas, though he failed to show any de­ter­mi­na­tion. The leader of the main op­po­si­tion New Democ­racy party again seemed ab­so­lutely ter­ri­fied of com­mit­ting to any­thing that may cost him votes and obliv­i­ous to that fact that, whether we like it or not, the only way ahead is tough re­forms and mea­sures, pushed for­ward through a com­mon con­sen­sus. The fact that no deal was reached is ex­tremely dan­ger­ous. It is caus­ing pro­found concern among our Euro­pean peers who want to help us even though we keep ig­nor­ing their ad­vice. It also bodes ill re­gard­ing the like­li­hood of an un­con­trolled bank­ruptcy and the so­cial un­rest that would in­evitably fol­low. Maybe, af­ter all, it would have been bet­ter if this meet­ing had never been called. It did the op­po­site of what it was aimed at: It re­vealed the bank­ruptcy of our po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship and in­creased the sense of in­se­cu­rity and un­cer­tainty in Greece and abroad.

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