Nowhere to run

Greece is quite right to pursue a multifaceted foreign policy. That was what Constantine Karamanlis did, supporting that Greece belongs in the West while also making overtures to other powers in the international arena. It is a good policy but needs to be defined by professional realism, not naive enthusiasm.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s trip to Moscow was important and necessary. However, we should not be under the illusion that the solution to the Greek crisis will come from Russia, China or the United States. They all have their own interests to protect and will set clear terms for any kind of “support” they may give.

At the end of the day, Moscow, Beijing and Washington see Greece as an indelible part of the European Union. That means there is no magical geopolitical solution for Greece, despite the different wacky theories that have blossomed over the past few years.

The overtures should continue but these will count more once we’ve reached at agreement with the eurozone, got our own house in order and stood back up on our own two feet.

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