When Prime Minister George Papandreou formed his Cabinet last October, he was clearly unaware of the fact that the country was in deep economic trouble. He should have known, but, like many Greeks, he did not realize the magnitude of the crisis. Five months have passed, however, and there is no excuse, primarily for him, to entertain any illusions that things are not as serious as they appear. It is true that Papandreou has just completed a series of crucial, and successful, diplomatic meetings that have strengthened Greece’s international standing. Now the time has come for him to act with equal resolve here at home, where the state of emergency requires a government that will act according to the needs of the country rather than party balances. Papandreou has shown us in the past that he can transcend party politicking and now, more than ever, Greece needs him to assign the most capable technocrats to key positions, regardless of their party affiliations. Powerful and capable people from outside Parliament are the only way to go if we want to find solutions to the challenges ahead.