Athens, June 13, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
The Greek Foreign Ministry is being targeted both by circles abroad and from circles of the internal political scene.
Used to the situation of the past, when the foreign policy of Greece was consumed in public relations and servility towards the “big” allies, without a plan and perspective for national security and sovereignty, permanently locked in to the problems and almost always asking for “help”, the new way of conducting foreign policy does not sit well both inside and outside.
The proactive and multidimensional foreign policyof Nikos Kotzia has obviously come as a shock to those who want a Greece, enslaved and trapped in the many problems with its neighbors. Indeed, this is the Balkans and problems hardly lacking in any bilateral relations, remnants of a bygone era, which instead of decreasing with the passage of time, some are trying to bring them to the fore.
The rapprochement with Turkey, the productive relations with Bulgaria, the opening to Albania and the creation of an MoU with FYROM, are some of the steps that have been taking by the Greek Foreign Ministry, with realism and planning for the next day in the relations of Greece with its neighbours. Of course no one can foresee the outcome, but the attempt is being made.
It appears however, that the mobility of Greek diplomacy, does not serve the interests of foreign circles who wanted a Greece, mired in financial problems, spineless in matters of foreign policy and trapped in chronic, hidden under the carpet problems of the internal and international policy.
Abroad, specific groups are trying to create problems to the effort of Nikos Kotzias. Nationalist groups raise non-existent issues, using the Media of their countries which intentional or unintentional reproduce news and events, often non-existent.
These jerking movements suggest, if anything, nervousness and fear for the next day of the presence of these groups in the foreground. Groups that survive and owe their existence to nationalist crowns and divisive messages, have no future in a possible good neighbourliness between Greece and these countries. Fortunately, most of the political leaders of these countries understand the obvious for their European course, which is their ultimate goal. Greece is the main piece of the puzzle that will lead them to the European Union. Greece is even now a strong investor in these countries. It is reasonable to seek multilevel relations with Greece.
But what raises eyebrows, are the methodical attacks both to the FM and the head of the Greek diplomacy by the New Democracy, namely the head of ND Foreign and Defence sector, Dora Bakoyannis, former FM on Government K. Karamanlis.
The ND MP, not only attacks Nikos Kotzias at a political level, something that would have been normal, but also makes attacks on a personal level, with characterizations that are inconsistent with the political culture we had been accustomed to by Dora Bakoyannis
But what is to blame for these attacks?
Dora Bakoyannis, has a political viewpoint for diplomacy, while Nikos Kotzias sees diplomacy beyond its political and scientific side. For those with knowledge on the matter, the difference in one’s perspective, recording and analyzing of diplomacy, plays an important role in the approach on uses.
Nikos Kotzias sees diplomacy openly and without obsessions. He did not hesitate to stand against the EU in his early hours in office, regarding the sanctions to Russia. He exercises foreign policy with the national medium to long term interests in mind, in an ever changing geopolitical environment. During her term, Dora Bakoyannis acted more as a representative of the West than of Greece. It can not be a coincidence that she “torpedoed” the efforts of Karamanlis for a rapprochement with Russia, agreeing with the installation of a NATO missile shield in Poland, while she was also the first to condemn the entry of Russian troops in South Ossetia, which had been attacked from Georgia, a fact that did not sit at all well with the Russian leadership.
Finally, the mandate of Dora Bakoyannis at the Foreign Ministry may hide skeletons, which make her vulnerable. The Foreign Ministries is not one of the easiest ministries, since it involves secret funds (Too many Foreign Minister have been charged with the squandering of these funds) and decisions that determine the country’s relations with other countries. That ND has great penetration in the FM does not mean that it can be used for the “protection” of its own diplomats, damaging the reliability of Greek diplomacy.