A lux­ury that’s not for us

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Aref­er­en­dum is prob­a­bly the last thing that Greece needs right now. What Greece does need, and ur­gently, is a gov­ern­ment that can make de­ci­sions, that can be­have in a co­or­di­nated man­ner and that can put into ef­fect a re­form pro­gram in full with­out the mem­bers of its party trip­ping each other up. It needs the kind of gov­ern­ment that it doesn’t have to­day be­cause Prime Min­is­ter Ge­orge Pa­pan­dreou has lost con­trol of his min­is­ters and party mem­bers. He can no longer co­or­di­nate any of his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s ef­forts and he is putting up with an in­cred­i­ble amount of de­struc­tive be­hav­ior from his Cabi­net and from mem­bers of his PASOK party. The top pri­or­ity now is to save the coun­try from com­plete fi­nan­cial ruin and the prime min­is­ter needs to fo­cus his at­ten­tion on the tough days ahead. A ref­er­en­dum can wait; it is a lux­ury that can be af­forded only by coun­tries that have all their other im­por­tant is­sues solved, not by coun­tries that are sink­ing.

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