OPINION

Rallying behind a single goal

Prime Minister George Papandreou yesterday announced a host of very tough albeit responsible and widely justified measures aimed at comprehensively tackling the country’s biggest fiscal crisis in decades. Papandreou, also the leader of PASOK’s ruling Socialists, has finally taken the deficit-cutting measures after a long delay but, even so, he seems to have finally come to grips with the seriousness of the situation. Moreover, Antonis Samaras, the leader of the conservative New Democracy opposition, also did the right thing by expressing his party’s support for the difficult government initiative. Tough as these measures may be for several social groups, Greeks must all chip in to the extent that this will be expected of them. Greece must slowly and surely whittle down its debt, it must become more competitive and learn to free up and make use of its great potential for better production. And we must all help to achieve this.