OPINION

Daring to tackle civil unrest

The debate in the Greek Parliament yesterday concerning the issue of how to tackle civil unrest was both extremely useful as well as quite revealing. Both of the country’s major left-wing parties – Synaspismos and the Communists – showed once again that they are out of touch with the reality on the ground, meaning the security situation on the streets of Athens and in Greece’s other major urban centers. PASOK, the main socialist opposition party under the leadership of George Papandreou, is trying to take advantage of public discontent without, however, suggesting any bold or at least practical measures to remedy the situation. Meanwhile, the conservative New Democracy government has provided us with a description of the situation but it remains to be seen whether it will dare to make any changes to the asylum legislation and introduce other measures that will enable the authorities to tackle violence and urban terrorism in a more effective manner.