Opposition has to share the burden

These are crucial times for Greece and they require that the leaders of all the country’s political parties assume and show some responsibility. Politically expedient motives may be pushing the country’s opposition leaders to call for early elections or to simply wait and see the government’s popularity fade away. However, this kind of posturing is not going to help solve the country’s burgeoning problems. A responsible political leader, a politician who would aspire to inspire confidence among voters and convince them that he or she is capable of governing the country, is expected to come up with bold and, at the same time, pragmatic solutions while in opposition. The politician that manages to do this also has the benefit of giving the public a taste of what it can expect if he or she is elected to power. Despite the recent efforts by Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis to find common ground with opposition leaders, his calls for consensus risk degenerating into a dead letter. But there is nothing Greece needs more at this difficult moment.

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