The high price of il­lu­sions

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY ALEXIS PAPACHELAS

bor­ders, that money would come from Moscow or Bei­jing. It turned out that these were tragic, un­founded il­lu­sions. Re­cent rev­e­la­tions show that the game is too com­plex and far too big for the abil­i­ties of our very own pro­tag­o­nists. While we were liv­ing in our own fairy tale, Russian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin was speak­ing with Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel and French Pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande, while China said there would be no “play­ing” with Greece out­side the eu­ro­zone. We have said this be­fore and it has be­come tire­some, but it seems like we had to en­roll in a fast-track, vi­o­lent and very ex­pen­sive pri­vate tu­ition school. Have we be­come any wiser? I’m not sure. I read and lis­ten to dif­fer­ent anal­y­ses re­gard­ing the up­com­ing visit by US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama. It’s very im­por­tant. The US leader played the role of cat­a­lyst twice when the coun­try’s pres­ence in the eu­ro­zone was at stake. Clearly, with his visit, he wants to pass on a strong mes­sage re­gard­ing the need for main­tain­ing Euro­pean co­he­sion, joint han­dling of the refugee-mi­grant cri­sis and Greek debt re­lief. It would be a mis­take, how­ever, to nur­ture ex­ces­sive ex­pec­ta­tions re­gard­ing geopo­lit­i­cal deals or any fi­nan­cial ben­e­fits of ma­jor value. A strate­gic re­la­tion­ship be­tween Greece and the US, sim­i­lar to Wash­ing­ton’s ties to Is­rael and

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