To­ward the greater good

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The prime min­is­ter’s de­ci­sion to pull the plug on state broad­caster ERT was dra­matic proof of his re­fusal to bow to any taboos in the ef­fort to fix Greece. The good thing is that this showed we can­not go on as if it were busi­ness as usual. De­spite the high job­less rate and the huge drop in in­comes and liv­ing stan­dards, the pub­lic sec­tor and state bod­ies had failed to make a cor­re­spond­ing con­tri­bu­tion to Greece’s great ad­just­ment. Their time has come. The bad thing is that the coun­try finds it­self with­out a state broad­caster, in the thick of po­lit­i­cal un­cer­tainty. PM An­to­nis Sa­ma­ras sur­prised ev­ery­one with his de­ci­sive act, and on Fri­day he again sur­prised ev­ery­one by sug­gest­ing a com­pro­mise that would al­low ERT to func­tion while its suc­ces­sor is brought up to speed. It is now up to ev­ery other player in this story – from the ju­nior coali­tion part­ners to ERT’s for­mer em­ploy­ees – to sur­prise us. They must show that they care more about a com­pro­mise than stick­ing to po­si­tions that will only jeop­ar­dize po­lit­i­cal sta­bil­ity and un­der­mine ef­forts to re­form the pub­lic sec­tor and the econ­omy.

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