A dan­ger­ous game to play

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Sup­port­ers of con­sen­sual pol­i­tics are an un­com­fort­ably small mi­nor­ity in Greece. Po­lar­iza­tion has reached dan­ger­ous lev­els and is ex­pected to grow fur­ther as the coun­try nears elec­tion time. Noth­ing good will come of th­ese tac­tics, of course, which smack of 1980sstyle pop­ulism. But you can hardly con­vince, let alone gal­va­nize, an elec­torate us­ing the machi­na­tions of yes­ter­year. Peo­ple need to hope that some­thing is chang­ing. The na­tion’s main­stream par­ties could of­fer that hope by reach­ing an agree­ment on a set of ba­sic mea­sures, like mak­ing min­is­ters more ac­count­able. Our politi­cians must show that they can agree on the re­forms that will re­store the cred­i­bil­ity of the po­lit­i­cal sys­tem. Given the cur­rent bal­ance of power we should not be sur­prised if for­mer en­e­mies are called upon to ne­go­ti­ate a com­mon road map for the coun­try to­gether. All sides should be more care­ful of the po­lar­iza­tion game be­cause they may end up play­ing into the hands of those who want to de­stroy democ­racy.

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