Given the magnitude of the shock and the economic disaster, the people of Cyprus have shown incredible maturity and fortitude.
Discussions and debates concerning the predicament of our Eastern Mediterranean neighbors have also been maintained at a serious level by politicians and journalists, who have resisted using extreme populist rhetoric. The discussions broadcast from Parliament and television studios are free of histrionics and dangerous hyperbole. There are fierce conflicts of opinion between Cyprus’s political parties but they are still managing to maintain a certain level of mutual understanding and convergence.
Of course no one can tell where the crash of the Cypriot banking system will lead. What is comforting, however, is that so far at least we have seen clear signs of maturity and accountability that justify some optimism regarding Cyprus’s ability to overcome this crisis as well.