23 July 2015

HENRY CHU (LA Times) Explains the current situation in Greece using Ancient Greek mythology

Scylla and Charybdis were sea monsters who assumed the forms of a rocky shoal and a whirlpool respectively on either side of the Strait of Messina between Sicily and the Italian mainland. Sailors such as Odysseus, in Homer's "Odyssey," had to pick which one to confront in the narrow channel — in essence, a choice between two unpalatable options. In English, "between a rock and a hard place" is a rough equivalent.

Against his own party's ideals, Prime Mimister: Tsipras has now committed himself to more "draconian" budget cuts, with Greece forced to carry out the "Sisyphean task" of ever-increasing austerity.