Saturday 25 February 2017

One measure could end Greek crisis at a single stroke

James Downey

James Downey

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras

One cartoon seems to say it all. It depicts the pillars of that monument to ancient Greek glory, the Parthenon, crumbling.

But if you look higher, you see "EU" printed in large Roman letters. Higher still, several European bigwigs, Angela Merkel in the foreground, mill around. More is crumbling than the pillars.

It is midday on Thursday, June 18, 2015. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has just arrived in St Petersburg. Tomorrow, he will meet Vladimir Putin to discuss the construction of a gas pipeline. They will also talk about a new bank called BRICS.

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