OPINION

The next crucial steps

The vast majority of Greeks want the country to remain in the eurozone. To achieve this, the following has to happen: Negotiations with the troika must be completed by mid-January; what was voted in Parliament but has yet to be implemented — responsibility for this lies with George Papandreou?s government and its finance ministers. This has to be corrected right away. Also, a few brave steps — not ones involving more tax hikes — must be taken to prevent the complete derailment of the fiscal program. After that, the private sector involvement plan will have to be carried out too.

Without these steps, the country is in danger of going bankrupt and exiting the eurozone. These are the facts and Lucas Papademos, George Papandreou, Antonis Samaras and Giorgos Karatzaferis were perfectly aware of them when they agreed upon the national unity government. The premier ought to explain them to the nation. Those who are tired, eager for elections or ignoring public demand for a change in PASOK?s leadership can think about their own interests afterward. History will be merciless with whoever leads us back to the drachma.