The opposition New Democracy party is not famed for its homogeneity. Indeed it is often reminiscent of a federation rather than a unified party.
The government’s tactics in the latest drive to resolve a longstanding dispute between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) over the latter’s name are clearly aimed at dividing the conservative opposition or even leading to the creation of a new party further to its right on the political spectrum.
Whichever of these scenarios proves to be true, it would be disastrous for the country’s political stability.
What is needed now from the party’s leadership is great prudence and caution to ensure that such an eventuality is avoided.