Where are the gods when you need them?

The stand-off between Greece and its lenders is reaching its conclusion in the coming days. The time for a deal is now – or never

14th June, 2015
Where are the gods when you need them?
Protesters take down a banner of Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras in a European flag in Athens. Picture: Louisa Goulimaki/Getty

One of the key themes of the great Greek epic The Odyssey is the power of cunning over strength. Odysseus and his family have to outwit a bunch of foreigners who are trying to grab his lands, having wrecked and impoverished the kingdom. With some divine intervention, our hero saves the day.

Two thousand seven hundred years later, Alexis Tsipras looks like a man trying to use cunning to stop a bunch of much stronger...

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