PM must end the impasse

It’s hard not to be struck by the position adopted yesterday by representatives of the country’s business groups who effectively backed the formation of a coalition government. The proposal reflects the deep concern on the part of society and the market over the political paralysis that has seized the country. A government, in this case the conservative administration of Costas Karamanlis, has every right to examine every possible scenario for the day after. However, at some point one has to take a bold political decision. The lingering uncertainty and the fierce speculation, which is cultivated by the ministers of the New Democracy government themselves, cannot go on for much longer. The country needs a strong government with a strong mandate for the difficult days ahead. This means either installing a new Cabinet under Karamanlis until March or holding an early poll that will elect a government with a fresh mandate. For the current state of limbo is only damaging the country.