A lack of real lead­er­ship

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

Adeep feel­ing of dis­ap­point­ment is be­gin­ning to de­scend both at home and abroad over de­vel­op­ments in Greek pol­i­tics. The pub­lic had ex­pected that dur­ing this dif­fi­cult time, the lead­ers of PASOK and New Democ­racy would agree on form­ing a coali­tion gov­ern­ment that would be headed by a new, com­monly ac­cepted prime min­is­ter. Un­for­tu­nately, that did not hap­pen, prov­ing the po­lit­i­cal sys­tem can­not get over its hangups and rise to the oc­ca­sion dur­ing these de­mand­ing times. An ex­tremely neg­a­tive im­age of the in­abil­i­ties of Greek politi­cians is be­gin­ning to de­velop abroad. Prime Min­is­ter Ge­orge Pa­pan­dreou fails to breed con­fi­dence in his abil­ity to gov­ern and ap­pears to be hostage to the in­ter­nal bal­ances within PASOK. Yes­ter­day’s de­vel­op­ments only in­creased the concern felt by our in­ter­na­tional part­ners, who are be­gin­ning to won­der whether Greek politi­cians are obliv­i­ous to dan­ger and whether this coun­try de­serves to be saved. Never be­fore in Greece’s his­tory has there been such a lack of lead­er­ship.

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