As the recession breathes down our necks from closer and closer quarters, it is becoming very likely that the government and its partners at the European Union and the International Monetary Fund, will have to introduce new, harsher measures in order to reach the targets set for the economy. Should this happen, one thing is certain: It will not be easy or pleasant. One way that such pressure can become more manageable is if there is some consensus between the government and the main opposition party, if, at least, they manage to create a climate of maturity. What does this mean in practice? That Prime Minister George Papandreou needs to stop making inflammatory remarks against New Democracy, that ND chief Antonis Samaras needs to avoid polarizing society and politicians, and the parties on the far left need to realize that protest can only go so far before it starts infringing on democratic principles.