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Greece has been effectively negotiating with three or four different parties, several of whom sent low-rent flunkies without a mandate to close a deal to the talks.
I'd put the number of parties at about 22, at least...

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by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Jun 29th, 2015 at 03:39:38 PM EST
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Technically yes, but I'm only counting the parties that actually matter.

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Mon Jun 29th, 2015 at 04:24:31 PM EST
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Actually, this is a point where I think the Greek government might have made a mistake. Varoufakis's approach at Eurogroup meetings seems to have been limited to economics arguments (falling on deaf ears), while Tsipras concentrated only on the main players. But if, for example, they had reminded the Slovakian government that public outrage about healthcare privatisation had a large part in their return to power, and what has been enforced in Greece is in many ways worse, I think they would have had a chance at chipping away at the unity front against them.

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by DoDo on Tue Jun 30th, 2015 at 01:03:00 AM EST
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