Forging a common policy line
Everyone agrees: Dramatic changes in the region (relations between the United States and Turkey, developments in the Eastern Mediterranean) will have a decisive impact on Greece in the coming decades. The conjecture warrants consensus in the hammering out of Greek foreign policy in the face of nascent tectonic changes.
Developments are obviously larger than individual politicians and particular administrations. The situation calls for realism and moderation. There is absolutely no reason for triumphalism. In fact, what is needed is careful preparation to guard against possible setbacks in the future.
Despite calls for national consensus, the Macedonia name issue failed to attain cross-party understanding. Rather than seeking to forge a common front, certain parties chose to promote partisan interests instead. Their efforts did not necessarily pay off.