Varoufakis: I bear no responsibility, institutions mistreated us

Varoufakis: I bear no responsibility, institutions mistreated us

Athens, July 20, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis denies any responsibility for the critical developments in Greece, in an interview with Italian newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano, tossing the ball of responsibility directly to “institutions, which removed the oxygen from the Greek government until it surrendered”. As for his own political future, the former finance minister stresses that he will remain in SYRIZA, respecting the 140,000 persons who trusted him in elections, electing him “probably first in votes MP in the country”.

“We all make mistakes, but we are victims. Institutions mistreated us and took away our oxygen until we surrendered”, Varoufakis stresses to Italian newspaper, adding that “Greece was insolvent before SYRIZA assumed the governance and what happened next was a political choice to reverse this election”. In his interview, entitled, “I am the politician with the most votes, I am ready to return”, the former minister argues that the decisions of the European Central Bank put the government in the corner from day one.

Varoufakis considers that there is now room to ask for a haircut and believes that “whoever supports this theory has not understood what happened”. “Since 2010, the Greek state is financially insolvent”, he says.

On a personal level, the former minister believes that Alexis Tsipras did not want to remove him”. The prime minister realized that they threatened him with a revolver and had to choose between executing him and surrendering. He decided that the second option was the best strategy”, he says.

Commenting on the new agreement, Varoufakis reaffirms that nobody believes in it. “I know that Tsipras does not believe in this program imposed on the government. A program that the Prime Minister himself described as catastrophic”, he says and points out that “there are no technical measures that can make a non-applicable program function” – which in his view is something even Schauble doesn’t believe.

Coming back to the issue of his resignation, Varoufakis reiterates that he resigned the night of the referendum”, because the government was wrong not to use its effect to put pressure on the creditors”. He states, however, that “he is neither more or less revolutionary than Tsipras, it was a difficult choice”.

Regarding his future action, the former finance minister stresses that he will remain a SYRIZA MP, considering that his role has been reinforced by the events and that he must do so for the 140,000 persons who trusted in him in elections, electing him “probably first in votes MP in the country”.