OPINION

Keeping the status quo or sinking into chaos

There are two basic facts in this country that cannot be refuted: The first is that Greece cannot survive outside the euro area without the help and support of its European peers and international creditors. The second is that it has no political leader or political party beyond the governing three-party coalition that has the experience, the know-how and the international connections to run the country at such a difficult time.

For better or worse, this is the situation right now, which is why the ratification of the austerity package in Parliament and the maintenance of the government as it stands today are two basic prerequisites for the country not to collapse into total disorder, without a hand on the helm in this storm.

These simple facts need to be acknowledged not just by Greece?s politicians, but also by its partners and lenders, who must see that if Prime Minister Antonis Samaras?s government were to fall, there would be chaos that would send shock waves through the rest of Europe, a state of imbalance that we all want to avoid.