Papandreou on the sidelines

PASOK leader George Papandreou appears to have adopted a stance similar to that held by his party’s business cronies. Also, he has become politically isolated, as he is the only party leader who did not hesitate to embrace the opinion of the European Commission regarding the power of the Greek Constitution in the face of European law. Evidently, the PASOK chief has chosen to ride on the back of these business interests in order to support his own offensive against the government. And it is clear that he is unconcerned with being judged unfavorably by the Greek people, or even by certain members of his own party. It is hard to tell whether the opposition leader genuinely believes that he can harm the government with his fierce criticism or if he is simply acting as a mouthpiece for media interests, with no firm goal in sight. The one sure thing is that his party’s leadership remains ineffective, offering no alternative solutions to the government’s attempts to solve the country’s biggest obstacles. Faced with the country’s major fiscal problem, for example, Papandreou’s administration has made no proposals, preferring to lament every now and again the «disastrous» outcome of the fiscal revision….

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