OPINION

New blood, fresh ideas

New Democracy needs new blood and fresh ideas. Former Prime Minister and conservative chief Antonis Samaras should be credited with keeping Greece on its feet and he is one of the very few political leaders who can claim to have handed over the country in a better shape than it was when they took charge.

Samaras and his conservative party have evidently paid the price of the brutal financial crisis that has affected every aspect of our political system.

That said, every big party must be in touch with society. They must be up to date and have good communication skills. New Democracy has failed in all these respects at a time when Greece desperately needs a strong center-right party and an active pro-European face.

The present calls for quick decisions. The navel-gazing and foot-dragging of Greece’s opposition parties is doing the country a bad service.