Un­der­min­ing sta­bil­ity

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

For some years now, Greece has been on the brink of be­ing un­govern­able and if the gov­ern­ment gets its way in the elec­toral re­form by im­pos­ing a sim­ple pro­por­tional sys­tem there is a se­ri­ous risk that the sit­u­a­tion will spin out of con­trol. Such a move would al­low pow­er­ful and non-trans­par­ent in­ter­ests to ma­nip­u­late the po­lit­i­cal game and the gov­ern­ment with a much freer hand. More­over, the po­lit­i­cal sys­tem is al­ready very frag­mented and will be un­able to sus­tain any sta­bil­ity or to form any sort of sus­tain­able gov­ern­ment. If the gov­ern­ment wanted to make some mean­ing­ful changes to Greece’s elec­toral law it could start by break­ing up larger con­stituen­cies into smaller ones and hav­ing some MPs elected with­out vot­ers putting a cross next to their name. But these would ob­vi­ously not serve the cyn­i­cal and tac­ti­cal tar­gets of a gov­ern­ment that is will­ing to sac­ri­fice ev­ery­thing just to stay in power.

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