Heartbroken fans of HBO’s Game of Thrones will understand well the malevolent forces that threaten to destroy Europe’s currency union.
Spoiler alert: In the latest season just ended, the beloved hero, Jon Snow, confronts an existential threat to mankind by forming an alliance with his sworn enemies. It was the type of outside-the-box thinking that McKinsey or Boston Consulting Group would have recommended. But the decision stoked jealousy, fear and incredulity among many of Jon Snow’s brothers in the Night’s Watch. The finale ends with Jon laying in a pool of his own blood, stabbed to death by the men he was elected to lead.
And so it is with Greece and the European Union, a saga lacking in noble heroes, but replete with negative emotions, short-sightedness and simplistic analysis. It should surprise no one that every attempt at resolution has failed.
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