No to national division

The current negotiations with the country’s partners and creditors have taken on greater dimensions and anyone hoping that the process ends in failure is totally irresponsible, to say the least.

Nevertheless, in order for negotiations that represent the entire nation to succeed, they ought to be based on a kind of inspirational, unifying language, which is not divisive.

Unfortunately, the newly elected government is following a different strategy, the same that it adopted during its tenure as the main opposition party. This is a very dangerous tactic. The country has already paid a particularly hefty price for national division.

Those who promoted and took advantage of this kind of division ended up being its victims, while at the same time the country’s interests were hugely undermined. Certainly those who used similar tactics in the past also bear responsibility. But right now, though, the damage could be irreparable.

It is Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s duty to tame unbridled divisive strife, in the same way that leaders who played a positive role did before him.