Thursday 8 December 2016

The marriage is breaking down but no one wants to call the lawyers

Published 23/06/2015 | 02:30

(L-R) German Chancellor Angela Merkel, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi, French President Francois Hollande and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras attend a Eurozone emergency summit on Greece in Brussels
(L-R) German Chancellor Angela Merkel, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi, French President Francois Hollande and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras attend a Eurozone emergency summit on Greece in Brussels

Observing the charade that was yet another emergency summit on Greece yesterday was like watching the final stages of a stale marriage where nobody quite has the courage to call in the lawyers.

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All that faux drama. All those hysterics. All the boredom. The complete absence of chemistry. It's over even if the main protagonists cannot bring themselves to admit it because they are scared of the hefty financial settlement and being single again.

No matter what is decided this week, it won't be enough to restore faith in the durability of the European Union's bonds. The betrayal on both sides has left too big a wound. Nation states once again seem much more durable than trade pacts.

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