The na­tional in­ter­est

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When­ever Cyprus talks reach a crit­i­cal point, as they have done this week, the ten­dency is to re­vive the kinds of syn­dromes that have of­ten led Greece into in­sta­bil­ity and tur­moil. The clash of opin­ions and ar­ti­fi­cial di­vi­sions be­tween those who claim to be mod­er­ates and those seen as giv­ing in too much, serve noth­ing but petty po­lit­i­cal in­ter­ests and end up do­ing a lot of harm to the coun­try. Suc­cess­ful for­eign policy needs to be ex­er­cised with cold prag­ma­tism, not guided by ob­ses­sions or pho­bias. Nicosia and Athens need to put their heads to­gether to agree on what the best way for­ward is for Hel­lenism and whether a so­lu­tion un­der the present in­ter­na­tional and do­mes­tic cir­cum­stances is the op­ti­mal so­lu­tion. De­ci­sions need to be made based on the na­tional in­ter­est, noth­ing more. More­over, the pub­lic dis­cus­sions and com­ments re­gard­ing this is­sue also need to set a tone that re­minds us that this is a se­ri­ous mat­ter rather than treat it like a clash be­tween soc­cer fans.

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