Yesterday Greek politicians admitted to summoning a pantheon of ancient Gods to deal with their ongoing economic crisis.
Prime Minister George Papandreou admitted: “We didn’t want it to come to this, but we have been forced to make the call.”
Zeus, who initially claimed to be “too old for this shit”, eventually agreed to lead an interim government from the Parthenon in Athens, and has assigned cabinet posts to a selection of lesser deities.
Apollo, who will become Minister for Foreign Affairs, dismissed Papandreou’s request to burn the entire French harvest, but has agreed that international creditors must collect all future payments from the jaws of the Minotaur.
Scores of unemployed Greek waiters were seen high fiving on on the streets of the Acropolis and were heard chanting “σκατά ναι”, Greek for ‘Fuck yeah’.
Alex Kalmynos, a disenchanted university student told our reporter: “I saw Poseidon rise from the the ocean, with Merkel and Sarkozy skewered on his trident. This truly is a great day for Greece.”
Zeus urged his immortal henchmen to use their powers only for justice, not revenge, but was later seen stifling laughter at reports that a tidal wave had engulfed the IMF headquarters in Washington.
Enraged Italian citizens took to the streets of Rome this morning, demanding that their troubled leader Sylvio Berlusconi make a similar request to Jupiter. Mr Berlusconi said that the pair were no longer on speaking terms after a “regrettable encounter” with the Roman God’s teenage daughter, Minerva.