Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’s current visit to the United States is of great significance.
The US government has lent Greece a hand through some very critical moments over the past few years. Washington was there to make sure Greece stayed in the euro area at a time when a number of European hawks were working to push the debt-wracked nation out of the single currency union.
Once again, there appear to be good geopolitical reasons to support the government in Athens. Greece is a stable, pro-Western democracy in the middle of a volatile, sometimes explosive region.
Even Turkey, a nation that was until recently considered an example for the broader region, has been facing grave problems.
Samaras’s visit could help to foster a closer relationship with the US and secure President Barack Obama’s backing in the bargaining over Greece’s debt.