A mat­ter of bal­ance

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

Greeks need to feel that no one is above the law and that there is no tol­er­ance for cor­rup­tion, which is one of the coun­try’s top chal­lenges right now. It is clear that Greece is turn­ing over a new leaf that will make those who han­dle pub­lic money think twice be­fore dip­ping into the state cof­fers. There is of course a dan­ger at­tached to the crack­down on cor­rup­tion. Be­cause Greece is known for go­ing over the top when it comes to cru­cial is­sues, the au­thor­i­ties need to be wary of push­ing the sit­u­a­tion to the other ex­treme, which is mak­ing state of­fi­cials too scared to take the ini­tia­tive of sign­ing any de­ci­sion out of fear they will be sus­pected of mis­man­age­ment. The state and the bank­ing sys­tem can­not grind to a halt, es­pe­cially now. What we need is bal­ance: ex­em­plary pun­ish­ment for those found to be in vi­o­la­tion of the law, re­gard­less of how high a post they may hold, with­out the kind of vengeance that will ef­fec­tively freeze the state.

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