Support in time of crisis

Parliament gave us a much-welcome display of political maturity yesterday. Prime Minister George Papandreou stood before Parliament and requested the support of the opposition in order to move painful but necessary fiscal reforms forward and, not only did he get it, but was encouraged to go ahead with his plans as well. This response by New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras is exactly the kind of behavior we are looking for in the main opposition party when the nation is in the midst of a major crisis and the stakes are as high as they are at present. Now it is up to the prime minister to rise above the pressure that is being exercised upon him from within the ranks of the PASOK party and to ignore the kind of petty squabbling and turf wars that have cost the government so much time. Papandreou needs to ensure that the Stability and Growth Program, which outlines the measures required to pull Greece back from the brink of bankruptcy and which has been sent to Brussels for approval, is voted through Parliament and implemented without further ado.

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