Tread care­fully

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Tra­di­tion­ally France has al­ways been one of Greece’s great­est al­lies and the two­day visit by French Pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande was ex­tremely im­por­tant be­cause it comes at a cru­cial time for the coun­try and shows that Athens can count on Paris’s help. The gov­ern­ment, how­ever, needs to be cau­tious and not take this sup­port for granted. In the first months of Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras’s first gov­ern­ment, sev­eral grave mis­takes were made be­cause of in­ex­pe­ri­ence. The gov­ern­ment jumped to the wrong con­clu­sion from the warm wel­come it re­ceived from Paris and Rome and made some fa­tal er­rors at the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble. Hol­lande’s sup­port is ex­tremely im­por­tant but it must not be mis­in­ter­preted be­cause the Euro­pean power game – plus the un­pre­dictable fac­tor of the IMF – is very com­plex. If the Greek gov­ern­ment does not live up to its com­mit­ments and in­sists on con­trol­ling the state ma­chine rather than giv­ing it its in­de­pen­dence, we will soon find our­selves back in the eye of the storm.

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