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    I know I have tendency to see the whole world through Thucydides spectacles, but UK seems absolutely determined to recreate Melian Dialogue.

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    Insistence on negotiating in secret to avoid public scrutiny, check. Claim that it's to everyone's benefit to get along, check.

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    Failure to grasp strategic priorities of other side. Belief that friends will rush to support. Insistence on hope and confidence.

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    Willingness to sacrifice everything for the sake of sovereignty. Meanwhile the EU Athenians can only shake their heads in bemusement.

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    All we need now is claim that God is on UK's side because its cause is righteous, and we'll have full set of Melian negotiating points.

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    Not unprecedented in negotiations with EU: comparisons with Melian Dialogue were ubiquitous in Greek economic crisis...

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    ...with difference that Varoufakis knew his Thucydides, knew he was playing the Melian part, and tried to change the outcome.

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    The UK often seems to be playing the Melian Dialogue in the conviction that we're the Athenians and hold all the best cards.

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    I'd forgotten that I had a go at writing the Brexit Dislogue back in the autumn. Needs updating...

    thesphinxblog.com/2016/10/06/the…

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