OPINION

People need proof of change

Antonis Samaras and Evangelos Venizelos have a duty to ensure the survival of their coalition government. The responsibilities that lie before them are too serious for anything less.

The people of Greece are very close to reaching the limits of their tolerance and they are now bracing for a new round of heavy taxes in the fall. However, they also support the government’s efforts to maintain stability, as well as the resolve of a handful of ministers who have proved that they are ready to take on the country’s onerous problems in a mere few weeks.

But support and patience also have their limits, and they seem to be tested every time one of the two governing parties makes an appointment to the public sector, the most recent example being that of ex-minister Christos Papoutsis of PASOK who has been appointed to represent Greece at the World Bank.

It’s a shame to risk such a major national effort in order to satisfy the special favors of certain parties. The time has come for political leaders to persuade us that they are listening to society and are turning over a new leaf; that they will make no more such appointments, not a single one. Do they have the guts?