Such is the dilemma the European Union finds itself in with Greece.
The politicians that comprise the government and legislature of Greece have agreed to the EU’s terms for the bailout money.
Anybody who thinks the crisis is now over is living on another planet.
What everyone might not be aware of is that the EU is not simply going to hand over several large lorry loads of Euros to the Greek Finance Minister. Frau Doktor Merkel is no fool – as the British Gazette has repeatedly reminded its readers. The bailout money will instead be placed in an escrow account and will be made available if, as and when the Greeks make good on their commitments. In other words: No [public spending] cuts; No money.
The Greek government will likely begin to implement the cuts between now and March when Greece needs to make a payment on her debt. It is likely that this payment will be made. However, the Greek people go to the polls in April and quiet frankly, all bets are off on the result.
If as is likely the huge discontent and anger of Greeks is made manifest in the results, a very different set of politicians will be elected. At that point the Eurozone train could hit the buffers.
Doubtless British Gazette readers will recall that part of the Trojan tale, that whilst questioning Sinon, the Trojan priest Laocoön guessed the plot and warned the Trojans, in Virgil’s famous line “Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes” (I fear Greeks even those bearing gifts). And also the result; that Poseidon sent two sea serpents to strangle Laocoön and his sons Antiphantes and Thymbraeus, before any Trojan believed the warning.
We will leave our readers to draw parallels. Watch this space……………….