OPINION

ND must rise to the occasion

The country is again being put to the test now that a new round of general elections turned out to be unavoidable.

The responsibility for this outcome lies mainly with the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA), of course, which rejected every single proposal put forward for the formation of a government, but also with political figures who insisted on calling early elections.

It is crucial that the country avoids a national mishap which will lead to disaster. To this end, the bulk of responsibility now lies with the party which led Greece into the European Community in the first place.

Center-right New Democracy has to regroup immediately, expand through experienced and capable members of its liberal wing, and acquire a sense of the collective when it comes to the decision-making process.

This is the only way that New Democracy can emerge as the top party in the upcoming elections and create a powerful pole which will render a pro-Europe coalition government feasible.