even a one in a million chance that Merkel will say no.” These were the words
of Alexis Tsipras shortly before becoming Greece’s prime minister in 2015. He
was talking about his alternative negotiation proposals for Greece’s European Union
bailout agreement—clearly in the EU’s interests, from his perspective, and
vastly more palatable for Greece.
politicians excel at presenting an effortless route to a rosy future. In the
run-up to the UK’s referendum vote in 2016, Boris...