The NATO summit in Bucharest demonstrated that persistence and a firm stance can yield fruit, even when superpowers are pushing in the opposite direction to the nation’s interests. The prime minister had first-hand experience of this on Wednesday and now he has an opportunity to use his experience to set an example for his ministers. What he should now do is speak to his ministers about the manner in which they are handling their portfolios, as their efforts often appear to come up against – what they see as – «insurmountable obstacles.» The support of other parties in Greece and the way they rallied behind the government in pursuit of a common goal is praiseworthy and should serve as a lesson for all political forces in the country. While there may be conflict on lesser issues, on major issues there must be room for agreement. This is the way to achieve national objectives, both inside and beyond Greece’s borders.