OPINION

Arrest the decline

The country is in trouble – and not just in economic terms. Violence is once again raising its ugly head, but the nasty incidents have so far been dealt with by the government in a rather unconcerned and tolerant fashion.

Greek prisons have become like a state within a state. Inmates, including convicted criminals, appear to be in direct communication with state officials.

All that is not befitting of a responsible, well-functioning state. There are serious people the prime minister can depend on if he wants to deal with phenomena such as these. But he will never be able to do so as long as he puts up with officials who like to see violence as an act of freedom or even necessity.