OPINION

Your country needs you

It is unreasonable for Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou to be away from the country for an entire week at this particularly critical moment in time, a period defined by a series of ongoing, open fronts, both at home and in the international arena.

Of course Papandreou has ordered his ministers to speed up the government?s work while he attends the 66th General Assembly of the United Nations in New York.

But he has repeatedly done so in the past without the necessary follow-up ever taking place. That is why his Socialist government is always behind schedule when it comes to the implementation of new decisions, reforms and laws.

It would be understandable for the Greek premier to stay away from the country for two or three days. No one is convinced, however, that this long absence is compatible with the gravity of the current situation, as Greece stares into the abyss. If anything, it is somewhat inexplicable.