Greece, the European Union, and Conflict Prevention

Much has been said and written about the difficult situation that Greece and the European Union (EU) face.   I see it from the perspective of conflict prevention, conflict reduction, and conflict resolution.

Regarding conflict prevention, there is talk that Greece was admitted to the EU before it was politically, and perhaps politically, ready.  But that was not what the powers that be wanted to believe at the time.  So, they somehow allowed themselves to think that things would work out, when that was a long shot.

It’s a common problem: the seeds of conflict sown by the refusal to take a clear-eyed look at reality and to grapple with a potential problem before it becomes a real one.

Posted in Conflict Resolution in the News, Saturday, May 29th, 2010

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