OPINION

Nothing to gain from snap polls

The politicians and pundits who have been demanding that the country go to snap elections over the past few weeks are playing with fire and they obviously disregard the risk of Greece having to declare bankruptcy in the run-up to a general election.

The coming days and weeks are extremely crucial – and they will require key decisions and fast reflexes. Should the nation enter a pre-election period or, worse, a period without a strong leadership, the dangers will be huge.

Meanwhile, no one has ever explained exactly what the platform of such an election would be, as on the one hand, the government has shied away from telling the truth, and, on the other, the opposition has systematically downplayed the dilemmas that emanate from the fact that Greece depends on its lenders for economic survival.

Prime Minister George Papandreou is expected to announce crucial decisions and New Democracy must throw its weight behind the effort.

No clean solution will come from a premature election. In fact, a snap vote will strengthen the impression of Greece as a state without a leader, a state in turmoil.