OPINION

No more consensus attempts

Thinking Greeks feel a sense of desperation as they observe the inability of the leaders of the country?s main political parties to reach consensus.

No doubt it was a major mistake on the part of the prime minister to make harsh criticism of New Democracy?s political stance just before meeting the party?s leader, considering that he was seeking some kind of consensus to result from the encounter.

On the other hand, Samaras?s refusal to travel to Brussels with Papandreou is inexplicable. The country would only stand to gain from such a move.

We are standing at a crucial point and public opinion demands maturity and sensibility from its politicians, as opposed to partisan howling and childish arguments at a time when the country stands on the brink of disaster.

So it?s probably best that Papandreou and Samaras do not repeat their efforts to try and reach consensus, because the pitiful result has created even greater sadness and anger. They should leave it until it is imposed on them by the harsh reality or by the wise. Let us hope that when that point comes it is not too late for the country.