OPINION

A delicate balance

It is very important that the Greek Parliament manages to elect a new president to succeed Karolos Papoulias so snap national elections can be avoided and a ballot date can be set for next autumn.

For all that to happen, the country must first wrap up negotiations with its international lenders and make sure that its economic performance continues to improve.

It won’t be easy, of course.

Regrettably, Greece’s creditors keep demanding too much of the government.

It’s as if they refuse to recognize the progress made by the country, as if they are blind to the threat of political turmoil or the risk of ending up with a government with an anti-reformist agenda.

The moment of truth and reason is near. This is not just another negotiation and this must be understood by anyone who is interested in seeing this country move forward.