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06.02.2009: Let’s link Greece to the Center of the European Union

The initiatives of the French Presidency during the war in South Ossetia, during the Israeli attack on Gaza as well as the attempt to face the economic crisis, send a long awaited message to the Greek citizens for the need of a continuous association to the center of a European Union. In particular, the attempt of President Sarkozy, during the economic crisis, to politicize the so called economic governance (government economique) and use the Eurogroup at the level of heads of state and governments, in order to succeed with the coordination of the economic policies, constitutes a real safety valve for Greece.

In fact, Greece has consistently followed the above described central direction in its politics since 1974. The only deviation away from this has occurred in the last 5 years, due to the reluctance of the Prime Minister to take the necessary actions as well as the concealed orientation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs towards USA.

As concerns Greek foreign policy, the major aim is to reset its basic direction. This is achieved through a series of actions, which, on the one hand, secures that Greece remain tied to the central European correlation – a position clearly imprinted in the conscience of the Greek people – and, on the other hand, it accumulates political and diplomatic capital for our own use as well as for our third country partners. This accumulation is achieved through our participation in the activities which concern the Balkans, the South Caucasus and the Middle East.

The above considerations cannot be altered by the various difficulties of understanding between for example France and Germany, the blockage of the Lisbon Treaty, as well as the problems arising from the 2004 EU enlargement. The use of these negative cases to raise objections for the need of Greece to tighten its relations with the core of the EU is only a pretext for an admitted or hidden euro scepticism, which is obviously a dead-end and which will lead to either a more pro-Atlantic position or to a dangerous and comical belief of an isolated Greek state.

Nevertheless, in this regard there is a need to counter yet another euro-skeptical argument or at least a justifiable concern. France and its President demonstrated how to set aside the need of a pre-understanding with the other core member states and to follow two courses of action, namely their European aims, on the one side, and their national ones, on the other. This objection is not valid, first, because this specific double-natured policy is not per definition contradictory, as both its sides merge in the framework of the major European forces (French, German, British, Dutch etc.) and, secondly, because many other Europeans consider the conflict between the state organs and the “stateless technocrats in Brussels” (using a de Gaulle expression) existing and serious. And yet, the voluntarism of the French president during the recent six months covered a void of more than 15 years, a period during which, the position of politicians, on a pan-European range, was occupied by ventriloquist politicians with a very small audience.

The priorities of our foreign policy in the last two decades have to a large extent lost their suitability and validity. In the next years, the foreign policy of Greece regarding a range of subjects will revolve around the axis of its national-state role.

However, this policy has no possibility of success if it takes place far from the central power correlation of the EU.

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