OPINION

Join hands for a better future

In the face of fatalism coming from the usual doomsayers of the Socialist opposition party, the national economy is soon to be free of European Union supervision. The PASOK cadres’ grim predictions of economic disasters and unexecuted budgets have not materialized and the happy ending should make a good lesson for the country’s next big wager. The truth is that the government has won a big fiscal battle. But the war to restructure the economy is still not over. Government efforts to boost economic growth are still stymied by structural constraints and reactionary mind-sets. Here’s where the ruling conservative party and the Socialist opposition must concentrate their efforts. Strengthening the economy constitutes a national goal and for that reason parties must put aside their petty political rivalries. The two mainstream parties, New Democracy and PASOK, which generally appear to agree on the country’s overall course, should join hands to solve these chronic problems. The administration of Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis and the opposition led by George Papandreou must bury the past in order to construct a better future for everybody.