Saturday 23 September 2017

Greek charmer in the leather jacket finally comes unstuck

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis and German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble (L) look discontent as they address a news conference following talks at the finance ministry in Berlin yesterday (REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch)
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis and German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble (L) look discontent as they address a news conference following talks at the finance ministry in Berlin yesterday (REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch)

Gerard O’Regan

It was a week when body language and brinkmanship were two of the more unusual weapons used by those now guiding the destiny of Greece.

As the clock kept ticking, and with his country on the precipice of financial collapse, the Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, maintained an almost perma-grin. It belied the hunched shoulders of a deeply worried man, whose real-time options narrow by the day.

But most attention was on his so-called 'rock star' Finance Minister, who scurried around European capitals, desperate to win some support for a looming Greek set-to with the dreaded Germans.

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