The level of debate in Parliament yesterday was a far cry from what one used to see in the tumultuous years of Greece’s bailout memorandum and prior to that.
“We are not at the beginning of the end. We are perhaps at the end of the beginning,” the PM said in underlining the need for a continuation of the lockdown.
The much-touted normalcy to which Greek society was supposed to return has been postponed indefinitely or at least for enough time to deal a new, severe blow to the economy and the labour market.
A national consensus means that the government will avoid startling the opposition with its moves and for that reason the opposition will support the government.
Due to the critical nature of current circumstances both within the government and on the political scene more generally composure is exceptionally necessary.
Politicians during the crisis were unable to do the self-evident – to have everyone table their proposals for the economy to transcend the impasse and find a path of recovery.
Citizens have no more patience for futile battles and they demand consensus on how to achieve progress and prosperity.
One can only imagine how differently Greece would have dealt with the crisis if the political system had exhibited the same spirit of maturity back then and if it had forged a consensus.
The government must examine all the parameters before it sacrifices everything in order to remain in power as a minority government.
No constitutional amendment process should be undertaken without the requisite institutional depth, authority, and value. No revision should cater to populist or other types of thinking.