It’s realpolitik, stupid!

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis speaks to supporters at a gathering in Imathia on Thursday night, during a campaign tour of northern Greece ahead of next month's European Parliament elections. [Dimitris Papamitsos/Prime Minister's Office/via AMNA]

It is a difficult time for realpolitik. A few weeks before the European Parliament elections, and especially at a time when the Greek prime minister is on a difficult tour of traditionally ultra-patriotic northern Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis is called upon to defy the political cost and confirm the family tradition on issues of foreign policy - both his father and sister have done it in the past.

On his one-day visit to Ankara, he partially succeeded and there were very few voices (the usual suspects) who accused him of selling out Greek interests. His response was also cool to the arrival of Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama in Athens, the only disturbing element of which was the timing. Now, however, SYRIZA, the main opposition party, is bringing the three memoranda of cooperation Greece signed with North Macedonia to Parliament for ratification, a few days after the newly...

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