Editorial: Talk to each other Mr. Samaras and Mr. Tsipras
The meetings of the political leaders with the President cannot have any political results, since that is not allowed by his…
meetings of the political leaders with the President cannot have any political
results, since that is not allowed by his constitutionally provided duties.
These meetings however have some political meaning, particularly the statements
that follow. Yesterday’s meetings with Mr. Samaras and Mr. Tsipras were
essentially an indirect discussion between the two – since they refuse to
meet – that offered nothing more than
their already expressed positions.
they were meetings of political impressions, with results that were known in
advance, since the two leaders repeated their declared tactics. The President’s
upfront and identical remarks towards the two leader were perhaps more
important, as he asked for a minimum national consensus from the political
forces in order to face the country’s huge problems. In order to “stand united
against everything that is coming like an avalanche”, as he characteristically
This is an
obvious statement though which of course he has no authority or power to implement,
but which the government and opposition alike should have already implemented.
We are the only country from those affected by the crisis where there has been
no bear minimum consensus at any point, both in the domestic front as well as
in the negotiations with our allies and creditors. Consequently, even though we
may have had to make greater sacrifices, it is taking much longer to
disentangle ourselves from this tight grip on us. We can see this every day
from the reactions of Europeans and the markets, where they cite political
uncertainty at our every move.
meetings with the President may be useful for political propaganda, but in
essence they do not change the political landscape, nor do they offer anything to
the people who are struggling for tomorrow. A direct meeting between the Prime
Minister and leader of the main opposition would be far more useful than the
exchange of statements for a few minutes of TV publicity. They must not forget
that in other, less troubled timed, the political leaders would not hesitate to
take to each other, despite usually being at odds with one another.