OPINION

Purging politics of corruption

Greece?s political system is called upon to pay the price for its own corruption and dubious ties to power centers.

Politicians must first of all purge their ranks of corruption, starting by seeing through the case of Akis Tsochatzopoulos, a former Socialist minister now in Korydallos Prison on money-laundering charges.

However, they must also deal a strong blow to those who blackmail the political system, demanding state contracts or other business favors.

There is only one option for Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and his government: They have to tell people the truth, expose any cases of blackmail and enforce the law — indiscriminately.

If Samaras fails in this endeavor, the blackmail will continue, the damage will worsen, and any room for political maneuvering will be limited.

There?s no need for verbose allegations like former PM Costas Karamanlis?s infamous ?pimps? comment or after-the-event accusations about clashing interests. What we need is a strong display of political courage. The politician who has the guts to do so, will find the Greek people on his side.