Papandreou Has Lost His Trump Card
In the eyes of the European Union, up until short while ago, the problem with Greece was its "prodigal" citizenry. On the contrary, the country's prime minister was like an oasis in the desert, the lone hope for solving the country's problems. George Papandreou was, up until a short while ago, European leaders' partner - the man who spoke their language, who knew their mentality, the man who served as a guarantee that Greece would do the "right" thing for itself and for the euro. He was the man to whom they would entrust their money and - to a degree - their political careers. On the contrary, Antonis Samaras was a red flag. He was the man who always said no, who was always looking to renegotiate the terms of Greece's loans, who was a troublemaker. He was the man to whom they would speak to with great hesitation. Now these two men's roles are about to be reversed. Mr. Papandreou has lost the confidence of foreign leaders through his sleight of hand. A confidence that was once his trump card.