Acrop­o­lis Mu­seum turns four

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The tur­moil over the pre­mier’s de­ci­sion to shut down state broad­caster ERT has gone on long enough. It is now time for all in­volved to re­al­ize there is a lot more at stake now than the fu­ture of the broad­caster it­self. If the coun­try is forced to go to elec­tions it is not at all cer­tain that the re­sult will lead to greater sta­bil­ity and a bet­ter cli­mate for re­forms and eco­nomic re­cov­ery. In­deed, re­cent polls sug­gest there would be a pro­longed po­lit­i­cal dead­lock if elec­tions were held now. The most sig­nif­i­cant re­sult of the in­con­clu­sive out­come of last year’s elec­tions was the ef­fort by three par­ties to form a coali­tion that would help lead the coun­try out of the cri­sis. See­ing as Greece has no tra­di­tion of po­lit­i­cal con­sen­sus and co­op­er­a­tion, the coali­tion seemed to be work­ing out un­ex­pect­edly well. Un­for­tu­nately, the three par­ties in the govern­ment have been un­able to meet the chal­lenge of re­form­ing the pub­lic sec­tor. The shock clo­sure of ERT, and the ma­jor cri­sis that this pro­voked, should make ev­ery­one aware of how easy it is for an ac­ci­dent to oc­cur that could have cat­a­strophic con­se­quences for the sta­bil­ity that the coun­try needs in or­der to start its dif­fi­cult re­cov­ery.

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