OPINION

Greek parties need to join hands

Greece has found itself against the ropes, but, the political elites, the media and the public seem to be living in a world of their own. The country is practically bankrupt, and the state is only capable of paying pensions and wages thanks to the bailout loan from the troika.

To fulfill its own part of the deal, Greece will have to introduce painful measures, including layoffs in the public sector. People have been very patient, but the government has shunned telling them the truth. Barring few exceptions, the conservatives engage in populist demagoguery while the left-wing parties stoke public disobedience.

The premier must set up a national emergency government that will include political allies as well as foes. If we carry on as we are, the next tranche of the loan will come under worse terms. Perhaps, that would convince our mainstream parties to finally join hands.