Vultures are already circling Athens now the Troika is in charge
Published 14/07/2015 | 02:30
Enda Kenny left all-night talks in Brussels yesterday morning saying the experience had been "bruising" but the only one who emerged with any injuries was Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.
Anonymous officials quoted in some media reports described the left-wing politician as a "beaten dog" - cowed into submission by the sustained assault he suffered from his supposed colleagues. Now that he has been put on a leash and has finally started to obey commands, Merkel and her compatriots are a bit more upbeat about the prospect of Greece staying in the eurozone.
Just in case anyone was in any doubt about the extent of Greece's capitulation, Merkel was explicit at a press conference yesterday that eurozone leaders "made clear that a nominal haircut is ruled out". It was not enough that she won; she wanted to rub her victory in his face. Her performance was reminiscent of a boxer knocking out an opponent - then dousing him with water to wake him up so she can hit him again. Over and over.