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The lesson from the Greek crisis? Don’t mess with Mutti

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has won a crucial battle, but the war rages on

By David Patrikarakos  

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has proved a formidable negotiator. © AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

When Alexis Tsipras took office as Greece’s Prime Minister in January he declared war on the eurozone. The two previous bailout packages that Greece had signed with the Troika—Greece’s three creditors: the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund—were, he had repeatedly made clear throughout his election campaign, unacceptable.

Tspiras really seemed to believe that he could change the way the…

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