Editorial: The opportunity of the Constitution
The proposals for a Constitutional review submitted yesterday by the rime Minister, along with similar proposal presented by other parties initiate…
The proposals for a Constitutional review submitted yesterday by the rime Minister, along with similar proposal presented by other parties initiate a discussion about the necessary changes to constitutional charter of the Greek state.
Some of these changes were greatly emphasized due to the consequences of the crisis that we experience in our political and social reality. The modernization of institutions, the more efficient operation of the state and the redefinition of the role of public administration are matters that have matured after the social, financial and political upheaval of recent years.
It is commonly held that the institutions established after the political changeover may have contributed to the smooth operation of Democracy, in the longest period of our history, but they do not meet the demands of the new circumstances that have emerged.
It is also a fact that there is a wide consensus for a series of constitutional changes that will bring us closer to the European mainstream. For example, the need for introducing an efficient monitoring system of the criminal and parliamentary liability of government executives is professed by parties from the entire political spectrum. Changing the existing election framework with a more stable and fair system is also commonly accepted.
Meanwhile, a series of changes that used to cause fierce conflict in the past, such as the modernization of education, is largely regarded as necessary by a wide range of political forces. The same goes for the reforms in public administration, supporting the protection of essential rights, as well as the role and election process of the President.
It would be a fatal mistake though if these more or less mutually accepted changes were entangled in the election campaign political debate. The constitution must be adapted with the broadest possible consensus, through real dialog and by focusing on the future.
The Constitution cannot be left at the mercy of political adventurism, like it has been in the past, nor can be used as an alibi to overcome or brush over existing weaknesses of our political system. The Constitutional review presents a unique opportunity to restore political credibility and to build a new relationship of trust with the people. They must not let it go to waste.