OPINION

Threats and challenges

Europe is faced with great threats and challenges. The terrorist attacks in Paris were an ugly reminder of the fact that the Old Continent is a vulnerable one.

The combination of fear and the ongoing refugee crisis are likely to prompt nations to seal their borders. Greece is on the front line. Its broader region is degenerating into a black hole of instability and uncontrolled risk.

This crisis will have serious repercussions on many levels, including security, the economy, tourism and foreign policy.

If Greece’s history is any guide, the country will only be able to achieve its goals by remaining united and outward-looking. Isolation must be avoided.

It will take a systematic effort and consensus to be able to handle what is coming. That is to say we will need everything that we are now lacking.