One last chance to change

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

The coun­try missed a ma­jor op­por­tu­nity last week. For a mo­ment it seemed there was a chance that the ma­jor par­ties would col­lab­o­rate and form a coali­tion gov­ern­ment. Un­for­tu­nately, small-time party pol­i­tick­ing pre­vailed and the op­por­tu­nity was lost. Pa­pan­dreou’s new gov­ern­ment has no right to fail, be­cause an en­tire coun­try will de­fault if it does. It has to work as a uni­fy­ing emer­gency gov­ern­ment, dare to dras­ti­cally re­duce the fat of the waste­ful state in­stead of tax­ing in­di­vid­u­als in­dis­crim­i­nately, and come up with im­me­di­ate mea­sures for de­vel­op­ment and em­ploy­ment. Its mis­sion will prove no easy task. Nev­er­the­less, our part­ners want to help Greece, or per­haps wish to keep the coun­try from com­mit­ting sui­cide. Ev­i­dently, this is Pa­pan­dreou’s and PASOK’s last chance to change direc­tion, cor­rect the first term’s tragic mis­takes and avoid bank­ruptcy and the en­su­ing so­cial and po­lit­i­cal chaos.

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