OPINION

Stop getting carried away

A country’s foreign policy must always keep the state’s best interests in mind at all times.

When foreign policy strategy becomes entangled in political games, high emotions and exaggeration, the end result is often predictable and never particularly positive.

The kind of excessive populism currently being nurtured in both Greece and Germany with regard to the countries’ bilateral ties is dangerous.

Those presenting a pathetic stereotype of the average Greek as well as those turning cheap anti-German propaganda into a business are all responsible for this kind of phenomenon.

Greece and Germany are obliged to coexist within the ranks of the European Union.

Negotiations and claims are taken seriously when carried out with cool-headedness and without the kind of hyperbole aimed at local consumption.