The absence of a strong and serious opposition is particularly evident right now and has significant effects, one being helping to create a false sense of omnipotence in the government that is leading to mistakes while it seeks consensus only on a verbal level.
Citizens feel betrayed and are looking for a convincing alternative. This void also strengthens the view abroad that Greece has a very poor political system and inadequate politicians.
The country needs a reliable opposition that will exercise strict criticism but also support the government where necessary and not just say no to everything without offering any alternatives.
Citizens will be able to express their opinion concerning the leadership and policies of the main opposition party when New Democracy holds a vote for a new party president on December 20. ND supporters or not, all should take an interest in the process if they want an opposition that can live up to the demands of the 21st century.