“Yes, I wanted Varoufakis removed”, Dijsselbloem admits

“Yes, I wanted Varoufakis removed”, Dijsselbloem admits

Athens, December 24, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Olga Mavrou

The head of Eurogroup Jeroen Dijsselbloem admitted that in the early spring of 2015  he had asked the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to remove the  then Finance Minister of Greece Mr.  Yanis Varoufakis from the negotiating team, but Mr. Tsipras had  told him “this is up to the Greek government to decide an evaluate, not up to Eurogroup”.

Dijsselbloem, in an interview to Dutch television said that the reason he had asked for essentially the dismissal of the Greek minister, was the bad disposition of the other Finance Ministers towards Varoufakis –he didn’t mention the fact that the main reason was the German  Minister of Finance Wolfgang Schäubl  himself, who hated even to typically  shake hands with Varoufakis.

No matter what Tsipras’ answer was back then to Dijsselbloem , some weeks later the negotiating Greek team did change and Varoufakis was somehow  unofficially downgraded.