Minister No More!
By Yanis Varoufakis
July 06, 2015 "Information
- The referendum of 5th July will stay in history as a unique
moment when a small European nation rose up against debt-bondage.
Like all struggles for democratic rights, so too this historic rejection of the
Eurogroup’s 25th June ultimatum comes with a large price tag attached. It is,
therefore, essential that the great capital bestowed upon our government by the
splendid NO vote be invested immediately into a YES to a proper resolution – to
an agreement that involves debt restructuring, less austerity, redistribution in
favour of the needy, and real reforms.
Soon after the announcement of the referendum results, I was made aware of a
certain preference by some Eurogroup participants, and assorted ‘partners’, for
my… ‘absence’ from its meetings; an idea that the Prime Minister judged to be
potentially helpful to him in reaching an agreement. For this reason I am
leaving the Ministry of Finance today.
I consider it my duty to help Alexis Tsipras exploit, as he sees fit, the
capital that the Greek people granted us through yesterday’s referendum.
And I shall wear the creditors’ loathing with pride.
We of the Left know how to act collectively with no care for the privileges of
office. I shall support fully Prime Minister Tsipras, the new Minister of
Finance, and our government.
The superhuman effort to honour the brave people of Greece, and the famous OXI
(NO) that they granted to democrats the world over, is just beginning.
Yanis Varoufakis is the current finance minister of Greece.
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