OPINION

Commitment to consensus

National consensus is a very serious business and certainly not a tool to be used for political machinations and publicity stunts. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has yet to convince that he actually means it when he raises this particular subject.

All past and present political leaders find it difficult to trust him, because they became victims of political maneuvering and false assurances.

Let’s not forget the last political leaders’ meeting, a fiasco organized and carried out in entirely the wrong way. Meanwhile, efforts to reach consensus are not consistent with extreme polarization and personal attacks on political opponents, whether in private or in public.

The country needs unity, but in order for this to happen, Tsipras must go beyond himself and leave all past ploys behind him.

At the same time, President Prokopis Pavlopoulos must use his institutional position to become the guarantor of a consensus based on honesty.