In multi-party governments, differences of opinion between coalition partners are not unusual.
However, divergences on specific issues are one thing, and differences on major, overarching issues are quite another.
Working together to forge a common position is very different from each party hammering out its own central policy and attempting to trap the other party, in order to force it to sign on.
Moreover, it is inconceivable for the junior partner in a coalition to impose its will on the majority party.
The fact that it is the nationalist right that is imposing its policy on national issues today makes matters even worse, for both the government and the country.
At the same time, this particular nationalist right is confronting its own internal dissonance.
We have a party leader and defence minister who enjoys playing the role of a military Marshal, dressed in his beloved military fatigues, while one of his MPs adopts positions of “the enemy” that trample on the rule of law, such as yesterday’s proposal for the exchange of Greek and Turkish officers.
It is cause for grave concern that this dissonance is expressed on both the intra-governmental and intra-party level, in a period that requires the greatest possible level of governmental cohesion.
It is inconceivable for state policies not to be decided by the core of the government, and when they are determined not to be heeded by all government members.
This is what the interests of the country always mandated, but it is required even more in these trying times.
It has been many decades since the need for the country to speak with a united, single voice was more necessary than it is today.