OPINION

A matter of balance

Greeks need to feel that no one is above the law and that there is no tolerance for corruption, which is one of the country’s top challenges right now.

It is clear that Greece is turning over a new leaf that will make those who handle public money think twice before dipping into the state coffers.

There is of course a danger attached to the crackdown on corruption. Because Greece is known for going over the top when it comes to crucial issues, the authorities need to be wary of pushing the situation to the other extreme, which is making state officials too scared to take the initiative of signing any decision out of fear they will be suspected of mismanagement.

The state and the banking system cannot grind to a halt, especially now.

What we need is balance: exemplary punishment for those found to be in violation of the law, regardless of how high a post they may hold, without the kind of vengeance that will effectively freeze the state.