Fail­ure is not an op­tion

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It has be­come abun­dantly clear that the fu­ture of Greece is hang­ing by a mere thread. Yes­ter­day, Par­lia­ment passed a raft of eco­nomic mea­sures – the midterm aus­ter­ity pro­gram – and averted de­fault for now. The gov­ern­ment also has a new lead­er­ship in the Fi­nance Min­istry and is sup­pos­edly aware of the fact that it has ab­so­lutely no room to pre­var­i­cate and cer­tainly not to fail. If Premier Ge­orge Pa­pan­dreou and his Fi­nance Min­is­ter Evan­ge­los Venize­los do not grab this fi­nal op­por­tu­nity to save the coun­try and fail to push ahead with the re­forms pro­gram and se­ri­ous cuts in state spend­ing, they will find them­selves and the coun­try in an ex­plo­sive state of no re­turn by au­tumn. As far as op­po­si­tion leader An­to­nis Sa­ma­ras is con­cerned, we ex­pect him to vote in fa­vor of a num­ber of painful but cru­cial re­forms in Par­lia­ment to­day. The chaos in the cen­ter of Athens yes­ter­day shows us how dark the abyss can be and just how fast the coun­try can tum­ble down into it. It is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of our po­lit­i­cal lead­ers to keep Greece stand­ing and to ward off bank­ruptcy or more wide­spread chaos.

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