OPINION

A time to rise to the occasion

The country needs to recover its credibility abroad and win the battle to stay in the eurozone. The appointment of Lucas Papademos as prime minister proved a major boost in terms of the country?s reliability and negotiating power, but this will only last as long as the interim government is not being undermined by the participating parties.

The Papademos administration is not a charade put together to fool the country?s European partners into giving Greece its much-needed funding. Parties participating in the interim government should not trivialize its importance. Nor should leading PASOK officials be involved in a succession battle at a time when tax offices, not to mention the state as a whole, are in a state of complete disintegration.

Greece is putting up a major fight and all of us should rise to the occasion, and inter-governmental and inner party disputes conducted in the public arena are damaging right now.