Di­vi­sive dou­ble­s­peak

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The dou­ble­s­peak that is so preva­lent across the board in the coali­tion gov­ern­ment and on so many dif­fer­ent is­sues is se­ri­ously ham­per­ing any chance of sta­bil­ity fi­nally be­ing re­stored in Greece. One mo­ment we hear gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials talk­ing about the im­por­tance of the coun­try’s po­lit­i­cal par­ties reach­ing con­sen­sus on some of the ma­jor is­sues plagu­ing Greece and the next we hear deeply di­vi­sive com­ments com­ing from the same lips. One mo­ment the gov­ern­ment ap­pears to be ex­tend­ing its hand for an agree­ment. The next, it openly lam­basts any­one who has any con­nec­tion to the lead­er­ship of op­po­si­tion party New Democ­racy sim­ply to give the im­pres­sion that it is the one call­ing the shots. Real con­sen­sus re­quires real hon­esty; with­out it, the sig­nals the gov­ern­ment is os­ten­si­bly try­ing to send are noth­ing but empty ges­tures.

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