OPINION

Keeping it together

Can the old political system persuade Greeks that it can come up with new, dynamic solutions to the country’s problems? Everyone says that New Democracy and PASOK make up the old system of power and that those who brought the country to this point can hardly be the ones to save it.

But what is the alternative?

The main opposition, which has brought together the old hard core of PASOK and old-school unionists, and still has officials that dream of a leftist revolution?

Lacking valid alternatives is not healthy, but what matters most now is stability, staying in the eurozone and returning to growth. The government must speed up reforms and control spending, which is threatening the primary surplus target. Athens is due to sit back at the table with its creditors in the fall and that’s when the government must present a few tangible successes and convince the other side of the need to change the austerity recipe.