The framework of negotiation

To negotiate with Turkey or not has been the key point of controversy in Greece for several years. Those opposed to the idea argue that Turkey's expansionist claims are so extensive and unreasonable that any compromise would be tantamount to a harmful national concession. They also claim that even governments that were prepared to make certain compromises have been unable to reach an agreement with Ankara, precisely because its demands were too excessive for any Greek administration.

The dilemma is a false one because a negotiation in itself cannot do any harm to the country's interests. What is important - and will determine the results - in any talks with Turkey is forming a national position with cross-party consensus on the framework that will be set and applied in the negotiations, the consistency of this framework and, ultimately, the ability of the people doing the...

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