Clearing the air

The government’s decision to move forward the parliamentary election for a new president from February to next week was the right way to go in order to snap the country out of the paralysis of political uncertainty. The situation will become clear and everyone will have to face their responsibilities.

Hopefully the process will not be marred by extreme actions and statements and our democracy will not be undermined for the sake of party interests.

Greece’s lawmakers have as clear a picture of how things stand as they will ever have and their burden now is to take a decision that will to a great extent determine the future of the country.

Now it is also up to the government to leave an important legacy, whatever the outcome of the vote, by putting forward a serious candidate with the requisite stature and ethos. It is crucial that the government does not pull some second-rate politician out of the pile of system rejects.