Greece: Confirming a Commitment

Papandreou changes his mind on U.S. bases

Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou called it "a historic day for Greece." Flanked by his entire Cabinet, he announced last week that his government had just initialed a new agreement allowing the U.S. to keep four major military bases and 20 smaller installations in Greece for another five years. The accord, which climaxed nine months of difficult negotiations, signaled a change of attitude for Papandreou, who campaigned in 1981 on a pledge to close down the bases and pull Greece out of NATO.

Even so, Greeks interpreted the agreement as a major triumph for Papandreou. President...

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