No change without consensus

We are finally beginning to see some consensus between the main New Democracy opposition party and the government. Prime Minister George Papandreou appears ready to present his rival, Antonis Samaras, with a specific outline of the major issues on which he needs his support, knowing that the days ahead will be a sore test for the government. Samaras, in turn, has lowered the tone of his anti-reform rhetoric, in what is perhaps an acknowledgment of the fact that this is a historic opportunity to make changes in Greece that are decades overdue. Time is running out and while it is true that the government is not displaying the kind of determination and coordination that the circumstances require, our lenders and the Greek public need to see a display of political maturity and responsibility from the leaders of country’s two biggest parties.

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