OPINION

No time for leaderless PASOK

The coming days are expected to be extremely crucial for the country?s future and Greece?s politicians and their political parties will be called upon to take some very tough decisions.

PASOK, which holds a slim majority in the Greek Parliament, cannot continue to function much longer without an unquestioned leader. George Papandreou, the country?s former prime minister, clearly has to step down from the helm of the Socialist party, because he can no longer exercise any control over it, and because he has lost the last vestige of popular support.

To put it in other words, in order to succeed, Prime Minister Lucas Papademos must have the backing of three political leaders that have the power to make decisions, to impose them on their own parties, and not make unnecessary trips abroad.

Let?s hope that Papandreou will live up to the seriousness of the situation, so as to help stabilize domestic politics and the daunting tasks facing the administration of Papademos at home and abroad.