Hostage to past ail­ments

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Greece is head­ing to­ward bank­ruptcy as the do­mes­tic po­lit­i­cal sys­tem is prov­ing to be in­ca­pable of han­dling the cri­sis. Ge­orge Pa­pan­dreou and his PASOK gov­ern­ment are pay­ing a dire price for al­ly­ing them­selves with the So­cial­ist party’s old guard, which is now threat­en­ing the very sur­vival of the ad­min­is­tra­tion and the vote of the new mem­o­ran­dum. The two main­stream par­ties, PASOK and New Democ­racy, are clearly hostage to pres­sure from union groups and vested in­ter­ests, which is un­der­min­ing their abil­ity to tackle the bur­geon­ing cri­sis. You can­not ex­pect the par­ties re­spon­si­ble for con­struct­ing the ail­ing sys­tem of the post1974 era to knock it down and re­build a new one in its place. The safest bet would be for the ri­val par­ties to share out the po­lit­i­cal cost be­tween them and make bold de­ci­sions, or per­haps in­vest in the rise of fresh po­lit­i­cal forces which are not bound by the pop­ulism of the past. For the time be­ing we are forced to watch the fall of a bank­rupt po­lit­i­cal sys­tem.

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