Coalition reboot

The great majority of Greeks welcomed the news late on Wednesday of a nascent deal between the three partners in the government coalition regarding the fate of the country’s public broadcaster ERT after its abrupt closure earlier this month.

As opinion polls suggest, most people are not in favor of an early election. They have legitimate concerns that an early election would cause further instability and problems that will put the efforts and sacrifices of the past few years at risk.

Antonis Samaras, the conservative leader of the country’s coalition, made a bold, and rather risky, move but its implementation left a lot to be desired.

Nevertheless, there is a way to correct any mistakes and reboot the power-sharing administration ahead of the tough decisions ahead.

We all hope that Samaras and his socialist partners, PASOK chief Evangelos Venizelos and Democratic Left leader Fotis Kouvelis, will rise to the occasion and grapple with the challenges – not just ERT – in a responsible manner.