Monday December 22, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
17o C
10o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
The right people in the right places

By Alexis Papachelas

I apologize for the uncomfortable reminder, but besides renegotiating, the government which has to be formed today or tomorrow -- at the latest -- will also have to reconstruct the disintegrated state mechanism.

Even if our partners start throwing growth packages in our direction, or whatever else, via parachutes from airplanes next week, nothing will actually change unless there are the people and instruments to carry out the ground work. Hospitals are running the danger of collapsing in August, the energy sector is fast running out of steam, the situation in the defense department has reached a crucial juncture, and the landmark consensus law in education is now hanging in midair.

So while its good to talk about renegotiation, which, as Andreas Loverdos suggested, should be carried out by a serious negotiator who enjoys international prestige and staffed by Greeks who have experience in international organizations, what is also needed is a group of knowledgeable ministers, capable of taking the bull by the horns. They dont have to be MPs; on the contrary, they would perform even better without the accompanying agony of the ballot, without the restricted horizon of a next round of elections.

How difficult can it be to determine who would be the best candidate to handle the public health sector, energy, safety and defense? During the stint of Prime Minister Panayiotis Pikrammenoss caretaker government, cabinet members such as Development Minister Yiannis Stournaras and Defense Minister General Frangoulis Frangos demonstrated what they are capable of.

But what about whining MPs? you might ask. Well, why not explain to them that, right now, the country is battling for its survival, which is no joking matter, and has no need of ministers who have learned the art of politics in amphitheaters. This is a time for serious people.

If the political parties which end up participating in the new government make the mistake of recycling the worn-out, post-junta material, there wont be much to say besides the fact that they will eventually be buried as sad footnotes at the end of a chapter recounting a period of Greek crisis and decline. Greeks who love their country will not tolerate recycled old-style partisan solutions.

In their agony for a solution regarding the governing of the country, many people put their ideological, personal and other obsessions and preferences aside on Sunday. They expect their responsible leaders to do the same, to the nth degree.

ekathimerini.com , Tuesday June 19, 2012 (21:06)  
Crisis of confidence will come back again and again, says Thomas Piketty
Who lost Greece
Snubbing the moderates
The big picture
Greek PM offers compromise solution with elections by end-2015
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Sunday presented a compromise solution to end a political stalemate that looks likely to send Greece to early general elections in about a month's time. Spe...
Environment Ministry to reconsider controversial bill
The government over the weekend appeared to backpedal on proposed amendments widely seen as compromising legislation protecting Greek forests as well as Plaka, Athenss old quarter. The bill...
Inside News
Political saga is harming liquidity
Greece is likely to hold snap elections in early February, extending the period of political uncertainty for another month-and-a-half, if not more. This will have economic consequences, perh...
Bad timing for tenders as oil rates decline
The first major opening of the domestic hydrocarbon market happens to have coincided with the unexpected and rapid decline in global oil prices. This has raised concerns in the Energy Minist...
Inside Business
SOCCER
Special day for Abidal, lucky one for PAOK
PAOK scraped through its Livadia challenge beating Levadiakos to remain on top of the Super League for Christmas, one point ahead of Olympiakos that enjoyed a great game at Kalloni and offer...
BASKETBALL
Explosive Barca unfazed by Panathinaikos, bomb scare
Panathinaikos lost 80-67 at home to Barcelona on Friday in a rather meaningless game at the end of the first group stage of the Euroleague, but the encounter will be remembered for the bomb ...
Inside Sports
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
RECENT NEWS
1. Special day for Abidal, lucky one for PAOK
2. Political saga is harming liquidity
3. Bad timing for tenders as oil rates decline
4. Tax exemptions deprive state budget of over 3.5 bln euros
5. Teiresias to track letters of guarantee
6. Agenda
more news
Today
This Week
1. Greek PM offers compromise solution with elections by end-2015
2. Who lost Greece
3. Crisis of confidence will come back again and again, says Thomas Piketty
4. Snubbing the moderates
5. Agenda
6. Bad timing for tenders as oil rates decline
Today
This Week
1. Samaras summons bond vigilantes with euro exit talk
2. A friendly yet firm message from Pierre Moscovici
3. Europe's drama in Greece needs final act to avoid tragedy
4. High stakes
5. On the edge but not gutless
6. Girl, aged 11, gives birth on Crete
Find us ...
... on
Twitter
... on Facebook
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.