Some 200 employees of the Schuler Pressen GmbH gather for a warning strike rally in front of the entrance to the company’s plant in Erfurt, Germany, on Monday. Photograph: EPA

In the face of the recent escalation of the Luas dispute and the impending possibility of a strike wave across the public sector, I’m often asked by s(...)

‘Merkel, for her part, used Schäuble’s exit plan as a bargaining tool, certain that Tsipras would eventually cave in and get rid of Varoufakis.’ Above,  Wolfgang Schäuble, in Dublin last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Now the dust has temporarily settled over the ruins of Greece’s economy, it is worth asking if there wasn’t a brief moment when the actors had found a(...)