In an informal briefing of political editors on the sidelines of the debate in parliament of the agreed measures and countermeasures, the Greek Prime Minister explained why he fears he will soon be forced to wear a tie.
The tie “issue” first appeared when Alexis Tsipras took office for the first time as the fact that he does not wear a tie was often commented on.
There were many heads of State who gave him ties as a gift, such as Mateo Renzi and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with the PM responding to the gift by promising to wear a time when the Greek debt issue is resolved.
But where does Alexis Tsipras base his optimism that prompted him to tell reporters of his “fear” that he will soon have to finally wear a tie.
The PM did not bring back just promises from his trip to China, but also investments and plans for future investment that are ready for implementation and are worth many billions of euros. Greece is a strategic partner of China, as the President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping said both in words and semantically, which allows the Greek economy to rely on the growth vehicle of China.
Greece shows that it is the key country for the new road of silk and China’s entry into the EU. Opportunities for investment in Greece after 8 years of economic crisis are many and the need for investment is the great expectation of the Greek government.
Despite the positive developments in Greece’s cooperation with China, there are two points that can be inhibitory. The first is well known to the Greek side; it is the difference of “power” between the two countries and the tough negotiations the Chinese always hold at all levels. The second part, which is not insignificant, is the CCP Congress that could bring changes to the country’s leadership with a possible shift in Chinese policy.
Although Greece heavily relied on the Obama administration in negotiations, especially the intervention of J. Lew on the night of the 17-hour negotiation, there has been no clear message. The change in US leadership and the contacts that Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias had begun since September 2016 with the Donald Trump team have created a very positive climate in the two countries’ relations. Of course no one can know how the American President thinks, but his moves so far show that things have changed a lot in his foreign policy with positive implications for Greece. The support of Egyptian President Al Sisi and Benjamin Netanyahu, both strategic allies of Greece and adversaries of Turkey, confirms this change in relations to great extent.
Greece’s stability and political instability in Turkey, in a region where everything is volatile, gives Greece the opportunity to upgrade its geopolitical position on the chessboard of American politics, and as IBNA understands, a top-level government official is planning a visit in the summer during which an overall agreement will apparently be sealed between the US and Greece on all the issues that concern both sides.
Of course in the US, there are reservations about the exposure of Greece to China Russia and other countries, such as Iran. But everything is on the table and there are solutions to everything in an energetic and multidimensional foreign policy such as the one applied by the Greek government.
The Tsipras – Putin meeting in Beijing has rebuilt the two countries’ relations and this is expected to be confirmed in the summer when high-level meetings will take place in Russia. The invitation addressed by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to his Greek counterpart, Nikos Kotzias is no coincidence.
Vladimir Putin is keen to cooperate with Greece in order to find an opening in the Mediterranean, something Syria does not currently provide, where it maintains a military base. The ties between the two countries are on multiple levels and Russian businessmen, such as Ivan Savvides, are working in this direction.
EU, Iran and Arab countries
The EU is monitoring Greece’s overtures with some concern and is trying to cause technical problems to investment efforts in the country, despite the fact that the bailout programs require investment. The wrong way in which the EU has responded to the Greek debt crisis is the reason that countries are queuing up to enter its economic life, as an opportunity is provided to create the right conditions for investment to be good value.
This investment perspective can also act as a driving force for European businesses to enter the investment game for the benefit of Greece.
Contacts and cooperation with Iran, as well as with Arab countries, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Algeria, create a booming investment environment with many prospects for Greece; so much so that the Greek Prime Minister may have to wear a tie./IBNA