Get se­ri­ous with­out fur­ther ado

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

Greece stands at a very cru­cial cross­roads. The coun­try needs a gov­ern­ment with a strong man­date. In­stead, it is left with a prime min­is­ter who ini­tially seemed to agree with the prospect of a “unity coali­tion” – with­out him in charge of the coun­try – be­fore go­ing on to change his mind. Pa­pan­dreou’s backpedal­ing yes­ter­day lies in the zone of the ab­surd. No one should be fool­ing around with the coun­try’s in­sti­tu­tions and cre­at­ing con­fu­sion among a tense and wor­ried pub­lic. Pa­pan­dreou is clearly in no po­si­tion to rule the debt-choked coun­try any­more. The only so­lu­tion is the for­ma­tion – with­out fur­ther ado – of a na­tional unity coali­tion that will bring to­gether politi­cians and tech­nocrats of all col­ors, a new ad­min­is­tra­tion that will rene­go­ti­ate an agree­ment with Greece’s in­ter­na­tional cred­i­tors and as­sume the re­spon­si­bil­ity of car­ry­ing it out. Any fur­ther de­lay will bring the coun­try closer to bank­ruptcy. The lat­ter would be po­lit­i­cally dam­ag­ing for con­ser­va­tive leader An­to­nis Sa­ma­ras but even more so for the coun­try’s prime min­is­ter.

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