OPINION

Positive signs in law and order

One area in which we have already begun to see a number of positive developments and initiatives from the new government of George Papandreou is that of law enforcement and public order. The person in charge, Citizens’ Protection Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis, has displayed strong will and method in just the first few weeks of his term, which indeed contrasts sharply with what we saw happening at this key ministry’s predecessor, the Public Order Ministry, up until December 2008. On the public order front, Greece is facing a string of complex challenges, including rising crime rates, illegal immigration, organized crime and terrorism, and it will take time and hard work to rebuild the foundations of public order before we begin to see real progress on all these fronts. However, and even though it is still early days, it is a very positive sign that the government is paying attention to the protection of the country’s citizens and has assigned this task to a man who has shown from day one that he is not afraid to get down to work and bring results.