A del­i­cate bal­ance

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It is very im­por­tant that the Greek Par­lia­ment man­ages to elect a new pres­i­dent to suc­ceed Karo­los Papou­lias so snap na­tional elec­tions can be avoided and a bal­lot date can be set for next au­tumn. For all that to hap­pen, the coun­try must first wrap up ne­go­ti­a­tions with its in­ter­na­tional lenders and make sure that its eco­nomic per­for­mance con­tin­ues to im­prove. It won’t be easy, of course. Re­gret­tably, Greece’s cred­i­tors keep de­mand­ing too much of the gov­ern­ment. It’s as if they refuse to rec­og­nize the progress made by the coun­try, as if they are blind to the threat of po­lit­i­cal tur­moil or the risk of end­ing up with a gov­ern­ment with an anti-re­formist agenda. The mo­ment of truth and rea­son is near. This is not just another ne­go­ti­a­tion and this must be un­der­stood by any­one who is in­ter­ested in see­ing this coun­try move for­ward.

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