Weigh­ing our op­tions

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY MARIA KATSOUNAKI

duc­ing re­forms that have so far been the sub­ject mainly of tele­vi­sion de­bates and the cost of whose im­ple­men­ta­tion no one has been will­ing to take on. This time vot­ers don’t need to send a mes­sage to any­one; there is no longer any need for peo­ple to go and cast their bal­lot in a blind rage, as an act of rejection, frus­tra­tion or pun­ish­ment. On Septem­ber 20, we will be de­cid­ing what kind of coun­try we want and who can ful­fill its real rather than im­pos­si­ble needs. In these elec­tions, each side (vot­ers and can­di­dates) are up against real prob­lems only, not prom­ises. Both sides also have a duty to re­flect on what is the most rea­son­able course of ac­tion rather than the de­sired one, to think about the in- ter­est of the whole than just them­selves. Which party has the of­fi­cials, the know-how, the po­ten­tial and the de­ter­mi­na­tion to im­ple­ment the mea­sures and re­forms out­lined in the new bailout deal? It is more than clear that the mem­o­ran­dum is here; it hasn’t been torn up, chopped down, trans­formed or made to dis­ap­pear. Greece’s public sec­tor des­per­ately needs to be ra­tio­nal­ized, tax eva­sion needs to be brought un­der con­trol, entrepreneurship needs to be boosted and in­vest­ments need to be sup­ported so that they can grow and mul­ti­ply, bring­ing new jobs in the process. As far as the di­vi­sion be­tween the old and the new po­lit­i­cal sys­tems is con­cerned, the cri­sis has been ruth­less to those who claimed to be un­blem­ished.

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