Self-serv­ing politi­cians

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

A na­tional elec­tion was not nec­es­sary in Jan­uary and nor is it now. Hold­ing one elec­tion af­ter another will do lit­tle to solve the coun­try’s prob­lems. In fact, the op­po­site seems to be the case. At times such as these, bal­lots are de­signed to serve the pri­vate and par­ti­san in­ter­ests of po­lit­i­cal lead­ers, who are only in­ter­ested in pro­long­ing their grip on power. The new elec­tions – which were made in­evitable yesterday fol­low­ing the res­ig­na­tion of Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras – will waste pre­cious time and they will jeop­ar­dize the bailout agree­ment that was re­cently clinched with the coun­try’s in­ter­na­tional cred­i­tors. We will all pay a heavy price for SYRIZA’s in­ner­party di­vi­sions. A min­i­mum level of na­tional un­der­stand­ing would of course have been a safer way to re­build po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic sta­bil­ity. Too bad Greece’s po­lit­i­cal par­ties proved they are not ma­ture enough to take the ob­vi­ous path to re­form.

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