We need a solid front

Negotiations between the Greek government and the country’s foreign creditors and partners are at a vital make-or-break point.

In a normal country the manner in which such thorny issues should be handled is a discussion that would take place around a table with the attendance of all pro-democracy political leaders.

The decisions that need to be taken by Greece over the next few days are huge – but so are the risks of failure – and broad consensus is essential.

The former government failed to get the backing of its peers in the Greek political system in its talks with Europe and it was wrong. The new government should not repeat this mistake.

The reasonable solution to the current impasse would be for the government to present the eurozone with a proposal carrying the signature of all Greek political leaders who have an understanding of the situation. They should agree not to entirely cancel the existing program until negotiations are concluded and to ask for a temporary extension.