University chaos must stop

It is high time that Greece?s universities were freed from the state of siege under which which they find themselves. The law referring to the reform of higher education institutions was voted through Parliament with an overwhelming majority last summer and the law must be implemented and supported by the state.

Small groups of organized troublemakers cannot be allowed to forcefully sabotage the changes the law supports, and the state and university authorities should not just sit by and watch them do so without reacting.

These groups cannot be allowed to impose their will over that of Parliament; they cannot occupy universities and gate-crash elections because they disagree with the process.

No one expects any miracles to take place overnight at Greece?s troubled universities, and everyone knows that the transition to a new system of doing things will take time and will be arduous. But allowing the situation to get out of hand makes a mockery of the Greek state.