Trump’s victory must have shocked the Greek government. The planned 2-day visit of outgoing US President Back Obama in Athens on November 15th will take place in a new dimension as the Democrats will be replaced by the Republicans in the White House.
The left-wing government had put all its bet on Obama’s influence to achieve a deal with Germany on Greek Debt Relief as he plans to visit Berlin right after Athens.
Officially Obama will still be in the White House when he will stand in the Ancient Pnyka and address the Greeks with Acropolis in the background. But how much can he practically do for the Greeks?
In his pre-election campaign the new President Donald trump did not waste a single word on the debts of countries other than the USA. It is certainly puzzling whether Trump will indeed implement an indifferent foreign policy.
German Foreign Minister Steinmeier“We must adjust to the fact that American foreign policy will get less predictable in the near future”
While Defense Minister and junior coalition partner, nationalist Panos Kammenos, (Independent Greeks) congratulated Trump via his twitter account, SYRIZA and the government has kept silent so far.
It was just government sources who commented to media that:
The Greek government has been prepared for both possibilities [Trump or Clinton], given the failure of pollsters to predict any electoral result in past years.
There is no indication that US policy towards Greece on program review timetable/debt will change after Trump’s election.
PS I have no idea what kind of preparations the Greek government has made to meet the new Trump challenge. But I’m sure it misses Obama and the Democrats already.