OPINION

Detached election obsessives

The obsession displayed by some political figures regarding the ?absolute? need to call national elections for February 19 seems completely unfounded.

Perhaps they are unaware of the extreme dangers that would arise by allowing the country to enter into a pre-election period at a time such as now, given the incredibly unstable current European environment.

Or could it be that they feel completely confident and ready to govern a country which is disintegrating?

What is needed at this point is composition, caution and, more than anything, for politicians to stay away from personal and partisan gamesmanship.

Clearly the government led by Lucas Papademos is an emergency administration with a limited time frame.

However, obsessing over a date which would see Parliament convening for less than a month since the formation of the interim administration seems unjustifiable and out of touch with the anxieties of ordinary people, who are searching for ways to survive during a particularly difficult moment in their history.