There’s an exhausting sense of déjà vu when dealing with the never-ending Greek debt crisis. Yesterday’s New York Times proclaimed, “Eurozone Agrees to Greece Talks in Exchange for Bailout Payments.” One has to check the date to be sure, because it certainly seems like this has happened before, and before, and before.
It’s not just the monotonous repetition that makes the eyes glaze over. It’s that this version of “Groundhog Day” has lost its Bill Murray. If we’re to have more of the same endlessly inconclusive negotiations, can’t we at least have the lead negotiator threatening to cut off his arm? Acting with supreme sangfroid in the face of impending catastrophe? Concocting cockamamie plans to secretly reintroduce his beloved drachma? Can’t we have Yanis Varoufakis riding in on his hog, ostentatiously handing his leather jacket to Angela Merkel, opening the top two or three buttons on his paisley shirt and saying, “Right, here’s how it’s going to be?”
Alas, we cannot.
Representatives of Greece’s main creditors will “go back to Athens in the very short term,” Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the president of the Eurogroup, which brings together the finance ministers of the 19-nation eurozone, said on Monday.