OPINION

The right people for the job

One of the main reasons that things have become so difficult for Greece is that over the years, our political administrations — of all colors — have stubbornly refused to appoint figures from outside the political sphere to key posts in the state apparatus.

Our old-school politicians rarely have the necessary technocratic expertise or the administrative qualities to face the challenges of governing today. Their main concern and motivating force is doing everything to ensure their re-election.

But the country?s problems have become too complex for them to handle. They mandate a different approach by people who can understand these issues, people who can look foreign technocrats in the eye, people who are not intimidated by the so-called fear of political cost.

Greece?s current political system has exhausted its potential. It will not be able to handle the crisis unless it manages to overcome its phobias and insecurities, entrusting the tough tasks to serious figures regardless of their political affiliations.