Click here for a video of a useful and heartfelt debate that I had with Professor Hans Werner Sinn, in front of a splendid audience at the University of Munich, 28th October 2015
One after the other, officials who took part in bringing Greece’s elected government to its knees last July are now coming out of the woodwork with claims that the reason for the six month stalemate between Athens and the Eurogroup in the first half of 2015 was… me. One finance minister recently claimed that upon hearing my statement in the first Eurogroup I attended (11th February 2015) he could sense Greece was heading “straight to the rocks”. Others have castigated the same intervention as inflammatory, antagonistic toward my colleagues, evidence that I was not serious about negotiating, plus a number of other epithets that propriety prevents me from reproducing here. Continue reading
Yanis Varoufakis was appointed as Greek finance minister after the far-left Syriza party came to power inJanuary. The academic resigned in July after it became clear Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was going to askfor a third bailout, despite winning a referendum that rejected E.U. imposed austerity.
Handelsblatt sat down with Mr. Varoufakis this week to discuss his dramatic year at the epicenter of European politics.
The man who rocked the boat. Source: DPA
Handelsblatt: Mr. Varoufakis, at the time you were minister of finance, Greece was not very successful in getting creditors to accept their demands or suggestions. Some people fear, othershope, that the refugee crisis has improved the negotiating power of Greece and other countriesvis-à-vis Germany?
Italian PM M. Renzi (click here for his speech) rejoiced at having “got rid of me” – citing my ‘removal’ from the ‘scene’ as a sign that ‘apostates’ (i.e. those who divide their parties) are jettisoned. His is a motivated illusion. Last July ‘they’ ‘got rid’ of something much more important than me. Here is my message to the Italian PM…
Alexis Tsipras has snatched resounding victory from the jaws of July’s humiliating surrender to the troika of Greece’s lenders. Defying opposition parties, opinion pollsters and critics within his ranks (including this writer), he held on to government with a reduced, albeit workable, majority. The question is whether he can combine remaining in office with being in power.
To continue reading the article from the Guardian’s web page, click here. Otherwise…
For the Italian version as published in CDS, click here. But beware: The Italian text there is a summary of my answers and, in my view, offers a distorted version of my original answers in English (including the awful title) – which you can read here… Continue reading
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