Editorial: The absurdity of the political leader meetings
We are perhaps the only European country where the leaders of the government and opposition cannot sit down around a table…
We are perhaps the only European country where the leaders of the government and opposition cannot sit down around a table and exchange opinions. We are not talking about coming to an understanding, much less a consensus, but a simply conversation and information on the critical issues that the country faces.
It is absurd that Mr. Samaras and Mr. Tsipras – who did not have a problem meeting and discussing when they were both in the opposition – are unable to find a bare minimum channel of communication… Not of course to agree upon a common national strategy, which should be the objective in a deeply hurt country, but they should at least hear one another’s positions without the shouting and political posturing.
Unfortunately the political leaders have not yet understood the people’s concern for tomorrow, nor do they seem troubled by what has gone on in other countries affected by the crisis. There may have been differences on handling things, on negotiation tactics, but there was at least a bare minimum understanding which helped manage the crisis. We also have examples, from different times, when despite the major political conflicts, the leaders did not hesitate to meet and talk.
It is obvious that nobody expects such a meeting to change the political climate and bridge the gaps that exist. A meeting however, especially at a period when the negotiations with our creditors have reached a critical point, would have a rather significant symbolic valued, both domestically and abroad.
It would also be a message to the people who are suffering, that there nobody is more or less of a patriot, that despite the differences everyone is fighting for the same goal, which cannot be other than exiting the crisis. It seems though that once again the short-term political gains supercede the greater national interests.