Varoufakis Says He’d Give Greeks ‘Bitter Medicine,’ Not ‘Poison’

(Bloomberg) — Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has flagged his curiosity in a political comeback after the Greek election — however provided that the brand new rulers ask him to manage “bitter medicine” fairly than “poison.”

The events preventing the election are backing the reform package deal as a result of they’ve been blackmailed, Varoufakis advised Bloomberg TV, in an interview on the Ambrosetti Discussion board in Cernobbio, Italy.

“If ever there is a government interested in bitter medicine and it is not simply committing to administering poison, then I am on board,” he mentioned. Requested if he may play an lively function within the new authorities, Varoufakis replied he would insist that the reform program “be very harsh.”

The previous finance minister has since his resignation in July sought to justify his controversial sparring with European Union counterparts together with Germany’s Wolfgang Schaeuble by interviews and public speeches.

Varoufakis mentioned political events are hiding their opposition to the reform package deal.

“You only have to listen to the parties themselves. All of them disagree with the program, but they vote on it on the basis of blackmail. The argument is: this is a terrible program, it will not work but if we don’t try to implement it, they will chuck us out of the euro zone. What? Is this what Europe has come to?”

“It’s the height of irrationality,” Varoufakis mentioned.

Aline Niyonkuru


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