OPINION

Not too late to turn the tide

Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis received a new mandate two years ago to govern the country and at the present time, when Greece is in the midst of a financial crisis of global proportions and facing a string of structural problems that are in the process of being tackled, it would make little sense for him to call early elections and allow the country to be cast adrift in the maelstrom of a change of administration. The prime minister still has time, if only a little, to reshuffle his Cabinet and put together an administration composed of technocrats and extra-parliamentary members. With a new dynamic composition, he could tackle some of the country’s most pressing problems and put them on the road to a solution until opposition PASOK party chief George Papandreou decides to push harder for early elections. For this to happen, however, Karamanlis would have to act boldly and with that certain «madness» of the politician who cares less about his own political future and more about his country and the legacy he will leave behind. Papandreou would also benefit. So, all that is left is to see what our politicians care for most: the interests of their parties or those of the country.