Evidence of maturity

Above all, the broad consensus among Greece’s political parties on the nomination of the country’s next president marks a win for the political system.

It is a win in the sense that it boosts the credibility and the legitimacy of the system.

The decision of mainstream parties to endorse Katerina Sakellaropoulou, until now head of the country’s highest administrative court, dispelled concerns that the provision allowing for the election of the president with a simple majority would undermine efforts to reach a consensus.

The tradition of selecting the president with a broad consensus proved stronger than the temptation to dissolve Parliament. The process proved that mature democracies are not intimidated.