Decisive leadership

COMMENT

Greeks unfortunately always seem to have to wait for the SYRIZA-led government to mature before it can implement an otherwise obvious decision. It happened during last summer’s negotiations with the nation’s creditors and then again during talks to sell a majority stake in Piraeus Port Authority to China’s Cosco group.

More worrying still, it was obvious in the handling of the refugee and migrant crisis, which led to the dangerous developments now at play at Piraeus and Idomeni.

In the early stages of the crisis, government officials did little more than play a receptionist role. They later shrugged their shoulders as the situation spun out of control, taking a rising toll on businesses and Greece’s image. From an operational standpoint, the problem has become very complex.

Leftist officials must finally understand that benign neglect will not solve any problems. Greece needs a government which reacts to problems with determination, not a political collective.

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