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Going for Broke

Europe’s leaders and top advisers reveal how the near bankruptcy of Greece threatened the euro itself – and how they battled against the clock to save the single currency.

This episode takes us inside the room at crucial summits where leaders and their Ministers battle to avert financial disaster. At its heart is a clash between the cautious Angela Merkel and the feisty Nicolas Sarkozy over how to deal with the near bankruptcy of Greece.

It is a story that sees billions of Euros being pumped into the economy, riots against austerity, and the election of Europe’s first populist government.

The cast includes some of Europe’s most powerful figures, like Germany’s finance minister Wolfgang Schauble, UK chancellor George Osborne and the radical Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, as well as top leaders Donald Tusk, Francois Hollande and Matteo Renzi.

As the EU’s most ambitious project, the Euro, teeters on the brink of collapse, Greece narrowly escapes being forced out.

59 minutes

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:41

    Goodie Mob

    Invitation To The World Party


Role Contributor
Narrator Caroline Catz
Series Producer Norma Percy
Director Tania Rakhmanova
Director Tim Stirzaker
Assistant Producer Max Stern
Assistant Producer Nicholas de Taranto
Editor Cathy Houlihan
Researcher Declan Smith
Researcher Florence de Bonnaventure
Researcher Korner Helena
Researcher Tulasi Das
Composer Simon Russell
Camera Operator Nina Bernfeld
Camera Operator Vlad Trivic
Camera Operator Georgi Lazareveski
Camera Operator Laurent Fenart
Sound Filippos Manesis
Sound Francois Xavier
Sound Jean-Christophe Girard
Sound Jaime Goodbrand
Dubber George Foulgham
Editor Laurence Thripp
Colourist Vanessa Taylor
Assistant Editor Dom Bailey
Assistant Editor David Brockton
Assistant Editor Leo Pepperell
Production Manager Amy Tapper
Production Coordinator Alex Nicholson
Consultant Brian Lapping
Editor Gian Quaglieni
Executive Producer Lucy Hetherington