Avoiding the rocks

Reform campaigns in Greece have always hit the same rocks, namely corruption, which over the past 25 years has swept through public administration, local government agencies and even the private sector. Conservative Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis is now facing the same challenge. The good news is that he seems willing and determined to push through much-needed reforms. We all realize that corruption is everyone’s problem. At the same time, corruption is a matter of culture and personal responsibility. A political leader stands at the helm of a government. He knows that institutional measures aimed at thwarting corruption are not always effective. What is called for is a cautious selection of executives in the state sector and the exemplary punishment of culprits.