Editorial: The people deserve to know
The divisive election campaign climate is not facilitating discussion or the exchange of meaningful and above all convincing…
The divisive election campaign climate is not facilitating discussion or the exchange of meaningful and above all convincing arguments about the problems that the new government will be called upon to tackle. The political and personal attacks dominate, as do the evasions, scaremongering and easy promises. The people though, who will be called upon to decide for their future, as well as the future of the country as a whole, have the right to clearly know the price of their choices.
The problem of managing the state funding needs over the next few critical months is a rather important issue that cannot be resolved with a war of words, like the one the broke on Monday between SYRIZA and the Ministry of Finances. The needs are very specific, as are the funding options, which are further entangled by the country’s commitments up to now and the European Central Bank’s rules.
Even in a best case scenario these rules and commitments cannot change for us in such a short time. Already on Monday, the German Minister of Finances Mr. Schäuble was quick to remind us that the elections do not change a country’s agreements and that each government should respect the agreements made by the previous one.
There is a real problem then, which the new government will quickly have to face. The contenders then are obligated to clarify their plans for the next day, so that neither they nor the people are faced with unforeseen developments. The varying approaches and alternative solutions must be presented clearly and to the fullest extend, so that the Greek voters – to the extent that this possible – are aware of what they will be called upon to deal with in any situation.