Perhaps it was inevitable, a reflectionofthe country’sancient love of theatre and public spectacle. Yet it would have been a lot more simple and straightforward if the Greek government had just selected Aegean Airlines to purchase its perennially loss-making flag carrier Olympic Airlines in early 2009. Instead, it rejected Aegean’s bid in favor of choosing Marfin Investment Group to take over the flailing airline. This year, in a surprise turn, Marfin agreed to merge Olympic ...

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