Thursday 8 December 2016

A whole continent loses its reason over macroeconomics

Perhaps leaders don't want us to take meaning from their words - they're just making noise

Published 12/07/2015 | 02:30

Illustration by Jim Cogan
Illustration by Jim Cogan

Eventually it stops making any sense.

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The way our minds are constructed, we like the plausible scenario, we crave a connection between what people are saying and what they are doing, we want to think that they are guided by reason, or something vaguely resembling it.

But they have been making it very hard for us, these past few weeks. Of the many episodes which have left us baffled and even bewildered, I would probably start with the reports that Yanis Varoufakis had annoyed the finance ministers of Europe because he had been "lecturing them on macro-economics".

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