Tsipras versus the US and Trump's intervention

Opposition leader Alexis Tsipras' critical stance toward the extension of the defense cooperation agreement between Greece and the United States is a sign of inconsistency, as he is refusing to vote in favor of an agreement that he is effectively responsible for after negotiating its parameters when he was prime minister.

His stance also contravenes the spirit of national consensus that is so necessary at this particular juncture for Greece.

That said, the former premier's stance can be used by the government in the sense that it helps illustrate to the Americans the complex web of expectations and concerns in Greece regarding the role of the US. This comes at a time when Greek-American relations are - by common consent - at an all-time high and the strengthening of these ties is being continued at a rapid case by the present government, on the solid foundations built...

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