Short sup­ply of sense

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We are a Mediter­ranean peo­ple, of­ten gripped by emo­tion and pas­sion. This is a trait that can lead to acts of brav­ery and great­ness. At other times, how­ever, it can also lead to na­tional blind­ness and an in­abil­ity to move for­ward. There are no easy so­lu­tions to the cri­sis and those who say other­wise are ei­ther ly­ing or have cho­sen to ig­nore the facts. The is­sues of Greece’s debt, its deficit and its lack of com­pet­i­tive­ness are too im­por­tant to be dis­cussed flip­pantly. Those, mean­while, who claim that Greece can write off its debt and sur­vive as a state, or who say that there is any chance of re­cov­ery with­out a bailout agree­ment should be more spe­cific about what their plan en­tails. The voices of pop­ulism are get­ting louder and gain­ing ground, as the gov­ern­ment founders and the op­po­si­tion re­mains un­aware of how poi­sonous and rot­ten the cov­eted fruit of power is. And so com­mon sense and ra­tio­nal­ity are in short sup­ply. It re­ally is a shame that we didn’t learn more from the ex­am­ple of Por­tu­gal.

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