OPINION

Desperate measures?

PASOK chief George Papandreou either has yet to assimilate the fact that he suffered a heavy election defeat three months ago as the head of a worn-out and jaded party, or he can find no better pre-electoral strategy than that of criticizing Costas Karamanlis’s young government of «inaction.» Indeed, Papandreou is losing the political battle against New Democracy in his unprepared and spasmodic assessments of ND’s achievements in government at a time when he is struggling to inspire his own party. But in any case, Costas Simitis’s successor appears oblivious to the fact that the ideas, stances and achievements of PASOK he is constantly referring to these days met with general disapproval in the recent general elections. And so, without having undertaken a serious analysis of his party’s election defeat in March, Papandreou appears to be heading blindly toward a second defeat. And he must be aware that he is likely to face defeat once again on Sunday. So, it is only understandable that he is keen to rally the grassroots of his party by showing them the face of a dynamic leader. But he does not appear able to do this, however steely an image he projects to the public and however lively his contributions are during televised debates…