OPINION

Parties must join hands

This newspaper has always argued that Greece?s mainstream political parties must join hands to pull the country out of the lingering debt crisis — most likely in the form of a national unity government.

The situation has now come to a head. The state has all but broken down, the social fabric is coming apart and not one of the institutions of the republic is working as it should.

The state apparatus built in the wake of the collapse of the military dictatorship is barely standing, simply because most of its foundations have eroded.

Big party officials dread to think what the not-so-distant future will bring, but at the same time they are worried about losing their perks and privileges.

However, if the politicians want to survive as a class, they have no other option but to come together: to cooperate, to pick the best ones among their ranks, as well as the private sector, and, for once, put their narrow private interests aside.