OPINION

Reaching a basic agreement

Socialist Prime Minister George Papandreou is this week expected to meet with the leaders of Greece’s opposition parties and much is expected from those contacts. Papandreou and conservative opposition leader Antonis Samaras are presented with a rare opportunity to reach an agreement on a memorandum of their own, as it were, agreeing on a set of painful reforms that are necessary to save the country from bankruptcy. Papandreou may say that he is upset about inheriting a messy state of affairs from his predecessors of New Democracy, while Samaras could claim to keep a more responsible and mature stand compared to Papandreou’s as an opposition leader. All this however means little when one considers the major crisis facing the country. Both men must put aside their partisan interests and emerge from the meetings with a basic agreement on a key set of measures that should have been introduced long before the IMF requested them of us.