Judge for yourself: The speech with which I ‘antagonised’ the Eurogroup

The inaugural address of the then new Greek Finance minister to his colleagues. What a rabid, radical, revolutionary and combative position he takes. Not.

Yanis Varoufakis

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.

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