Build­ing a cross-party plat­form

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Ef­forts to build a cross-party plat­form re­gard­ing the burn­ing is­sues fac­ing the coun­try must not stop here. De­spite the col­lapse on Wed­nes­day of talks be­tween Greece’s two big­gest par­ties over the for­ma­tion of a union coali­tion, Prime Min­is­ter Ge­orge Pa­pan­dreou and New Democ­racy leader An­to­nis Sa­ma­ras must show that they can reach an agree­ment on some ba­sic is­sues. Pa­pan­dreou must prove that his com­ments about con­sen­sus were not fire­works and co­op­er­ate with the con­ser­va­tive op­po­si­tion leader, adopt­ing some of his pro­pos­als to re­boot the econ­omy. For his part, Sa­ma­ras should of­fer sup­port on sev­eral dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions re­gard­ing pri­va­ti­za­tions and par­ing down the coun­try’s state sec­tor. Sim­i­lar back­ing is needed in or­ga­niz­ing and staffing an or­ga­ni­za­tion that will over­see the re­quested pri­va­ti­za­tions so that the cam­paign will not be re­duced to an ex­change of ac­cu­sa­tions and scan­dal­mon­ger­ing. An agree­ment be­tween the two sides, even on some ba­sic is­sues, would en­hance the cred­i­bil­ity of our po­lit­i­cal sys­tem at home and abroad.

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