Greek Finance Minister Yiannis Stourrnaras picked up German tabloid BILD to recount the dull lifestyle he had to live after he was appointed to the most crucial ministerial post of the debt-ridden country. Bild reporter visited Stournaras in his office in Athens and started right away with a personal question:
“He is one of the most hated people in Greece: Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras. BILD met him in his office and asked: Do you fear for your life?
Yannis Stournaras: “He, who becomes finance minister in Greece, knows what to expect. My personal security has been increased. I dare no longer step alone outside. Sports or going out with friends is no longer possible. ”
BILD: Thousands of Greeks impoverish, but you continue to increase the charges. Do the poor need to bleed?
Stournaras: “We strive to tax also the rich and there is also success. This program is very hard. But there is no alternative. “
Stournaras told also BILD that even if infrastructure in Greece cannot be compared to the one in Germany, there has been success like bringing into jail rich tax evaders.
Among others, Stournaras told BILD that there would be no new sovereign debt restructuring this year.
Attempting to put the record straight, Stournaras said previous comments suggesting he expected another haircut this year had been misinterpreted: “I was misunderstood. Once again, there will be no bad news from Greece this year.”
Concerning Cyprus, Stournaras warned about even considering a default. “A Cypriot default should not even be talked about, the domino effect on Greece and the entire Eurozone would be incalculable,” he cautioned. “I am confident Cyprus can be saved.”
PS of course, we have compassion with Yiannis Stournaras. We propose, he buys a tread mill or one of those multi-task instruments for sports at home. As for not going out with friends… we share the same fate. However, our motives are different. We suffer from immense shortage of €€€