This cartoon by Gary Barker from The Times relates to the ongoing Greek Debt Crisis. In the left-hand panel, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is shown holding a gun to the head of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. This was the situation following last week's referendum in which over 60% of Greeks voted to reject EU austerity measures, and Tsipras (briefly) seemed to have the upper hand. However, in the right-hand panel, the situation is reversed, and it's Merkel who is holding the gun to Tsipras's head. In fact, Angela Merkel has called Tsipras's bluff, and is threatening a Grexit if he does not get the Greek parliament to agree to an even more draconian austerity package.
1. If you hold or put a gun to someone's head, you force someone to do something by using threats. • How could I refuse when she was holding a gun to my head?
2. The saying 'a week is a long time in politics' is usually attributed to British Prime Minister Harold Wilson in the mid-1960s. It means that in politics, a lot of change can happen in a short space of time.