OPINION

Papoulias deserves praise, not barbs

Presiden Karolos Papoulias is the guardian of the power-sharing agreement reached in November last year which produced the coalition government led by technocrat economist Lucas Papademos.

The three parties involved in the crisis coalition — socialist PASOK, conservative New Democracy and nationalist LAOS — agreed to back all the commitments emanating from the October 26 agreement.

Papoulias has in effect defended the work and the objectives of the Papademos administration by virtue of his being the guardian of the national unity government.

If one or more parties now attempts to claim that they did not realize what was at stake at the time or that they do not understand what it will take to keep the country at the core of Europe, that is not the responsibility of the president, nor does it justify the attacks against him.

This is time for responsibility from all politicians. Papoulias seems to fully grasp this. One can only hope he is not the only one.