OPINION

Losing political credibility

Yesterday was a time for Greece’s politicians to assume their responsibility. Unfortunately, many of them failed to respond to the crisis facing the nation. Parliamentary deputies from across the country’s left-right ideological spectrum were called upon to decide between an extremely unpopular economic stabilization program, which includes a series of austerity measures necessary to pull the economy out of the fiscal hole into which it has been plunged and avoid bankruptcy. True to form, the country’s main left-wing parties, the Greek Communist Party (KKE) and Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA), chose the path of blanket rejection, claiming that there is another way to guide the nation out of the impasse. New Democracy, the main opposition party of Antonis Samaras, also failed to live up to expectations as it chose to shy away from tough decisions. In politics, what is most pleasant is not always the right thing to do. Because being credible is more important than being popular.