No going back to summer 2015

The Greek prime minister is under an enormous amount of pressure right now. He has a lot of open fronts to deal with that are extremely important and that will require him to make some pretty tough decisions in the weeks to come.

There are those who believe that Alexis Tsipras’s trip to Cuba to pay homage to Fidel Castro and his appearance beside several controversial leaders is a signal that the government is about to perform a volte-face. They are concerned that it is preparing to return to the negotiating tactics dictated by former Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis in the spring and summer of 2015 – and which brought the country to the brink of Grexit.

Sure, times are tough and Greece needs to drive a hard bargain over debt relief and the measures required to wrap up the bailout review; however, what it does not need is grandstanding and histrionics that embarrass the country and put it at risk again.

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