Editorial: The scene is clearing up with safeguards
The decision to bring forward the Presidential elections provides a solution, to a great extent, to the Gordian knot of the political…
The decision to bring forward the Presidential elections provides a solution, to a great extent, to the Gordian knot of the political uncertainty that has plagued the country in the past months. The parties and MPs will assume the responsibility to elect a President or turn to general elections.
It was obvious that in the past few months the tension and political animosity had created a rather difficult political climate that could not carry on. It was a climate that hindered negotiations with our creditors, who appeared increasingly more adamant, constantly demanding addition measures and guarantees in order to close the final troika review.
It was clear then that the prolongation of tge political uncertainty would only cause problems for the country. Now, one way or another, the horizon will clear up so that the political system, the people and our partners in Europe know what they are up against in the next few critical months.
It is rather important that the country and economy are not entering this process amidst a climate of insecurity. The Eurogroup decision to prolong the bailout program for two months secures the necessary guarantees so that the process can move forward in a stable climate, while the economy will not experience any funding problems. It is a decisive safeguard that will avert the possibility of new uncertainty in the critical period that will be necessary for the political scene of the next day to emerge.
In any case, over the next few weeks, the country’s leadership will make its choices and the country will move on accordingly. Whether a President is elected or whether we head to elections, it is clear that the country needs a bare minimum national consensus. So that it can tackle the demands of our creditors on the one hand and the great challenges that are ahead, so that the country can finally stand on its own legs, without being dependant on the prevailing interests in Europe.