Venizelos toys with Tsipras…or is it the other way round?

Only this morning, Evangelo Venizelos was briefing journalists to the effect that he would not accept the President’s Mandate to form a coalition. Early afternoon, he met with Alexis Tsipras…and said he would now accept the mandate. Three hours later, this breaks on the newswires:

” 5.10pm A shocking and possibly groundbreaking turn of events.
According to Net television, Pasok head Evangelos Venizelos has agreed
to sign a letter related to the memorandum with Syriza chief Alexis
Tsipras. What that letter will say is as yet unknown, but Net are
standing by their sources. The temperature in the coalition room just
spiked up. “

Whatever comes out of this, Mr Tsipras is learning the political lesson all wannabe gargoyles must grasp: the art of lassoing ether while wrestling an anaconda covered in slime to the floor.

But already, the suburb of Berlin-on-Brussels is displaying its fears: “If Greece decides not to stay in the euro zone, we cannot force Greece,” said Wolfie Strangelove today while addressing a conference in Germany, “They will decide whether to stay in the euro zone or not.”

And if you believe that you’ll believe anything.

Meanwhile – whether consciously or not – Bloomberg has paid me a huge compliment tonight, with this one:

‘The euro fell for the eighth day as it dawned on investors that Greek voters’ revolt against austerity, and not the victory of Socialist Francois Hollande in France, was the more significant of the two national elections in the EU on May 6.’

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