Don’t get your hopes up yet

Harboring excessive expectations invariably has a boomerang effect when it comes to politics.

The newly elected Greek government has just begun particularly tough negotiations with the country’s partners and lenders, a long process which every bona fide Greek would like to see reaching a positive conclusion.

Nevertheless, premature celebrations based on comments made by leading international officials is the wrong way to go. The essential part of the negotiations has not even started yet.

The Greek people have suffered tremendously and are clearly demanding a way out of the gloom and the humiliation experienced during the crisis years.

They are throwing their support behind the negotiations, irrespective of party allegiance, which was never the case before. If excessive expectations and overoptimism backfire, it will cause them great pain with unforeseeable results.