Greece’s on-again, off-again bailout talks can be maddening for those trying to track the country’s fate. For months, Athens and its creditors have regularly broken apparently unbreakable deadlines, making scant progress in agreeing on new economic reforms in return for desperately needed cash.
This is tricky territory for the news industry. How to keep readers interested in “eleventh hour” negotiations that last for months? Many a tortured metaphor has been deployed, and the well of adjectives is running dry.
Like a neverending episode of Deal or No Deal, it’s enough to make a person go mad. Indeed, it drove this correspondent to poetry.
All the hyperlinked phrases in the verses below come verbatim from Reuters headlines over the past 48 hours. With apologies to poets everywhere, here goes…