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.