OPINION

Attitude problem

This practice of the leftist-led government to do things at the very last moment is beyond the pale and is out of accordance with the norms of a dignified state.

After its pompous declarations came to a humiliating end and after its efforts to make the rest of Europe dance to its anti-austerity tune, Greece’s coalition government is doing every single thing it lashed out at while in opposition.

It has negotiated under an extremely tight time frame and under the specter of economic collapse, it has submitted bills using the emergency procedure, and it has restricted opportunities for any meaningful debate in Parliament to a minimum.

At the same time, the government has given the speaker of the House the opportunity to procrastinate, playing into the hands of her thinly disguised aim to undermine the nation’s efforts to dig itself out of the hole it finds itself in.

These attitudes have to change, if for no other reason than such behavior works against the executive and legislative functions of which all sides claim to be champions.