The national interest
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.