The joint press conference was concluding, when Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis droped a last bombshell. “…and with this if you want – and according to European Parliament – flimsily-constructed committee we have no aim to cooperate. Thank you.” Varoufakis was referring to the famous Troika, the country’s official creditors consisting of the European Union, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank..
After concluding with a “Thank you” Varoufakis gives the word to Eurogroup Chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem, who wants to hear the translation first. Then he takes off the ear phones, he stands up and sets to leave. An enforced-looking shaking of hands delays the departure of the Dutch FinMin.
Dijsselbloem quickly whispers something to Varoufakis’ ear, he briefly replies back and the Eurogroup chief leaves the press conference hall as soon as it was possible.
Video: the Awkward Greek-Eurogroup Moment
The whole afternoon, Greek and international media were trying to find out “What the hell did they two men said to each other!?”
Private Mega TV reported short before 9 pm on Friday.
Eurogroup chief whispered to Greek FinMin’s ear “You just killed the Troika” and that Varoufakis replied with a simple “WOW!”
Dijsselbloom slides his hand away
Back remains Varoufakis with one palm open and the left hand stuck in his pocket – relaxed Greek style
The two men talk for a couple of minutes with lips hidden from the cameras.
Dijsselbloem leaves without turning back to watch his interlocutor.
I don’t quite understand why Dijsselbloem is sour. I’m sure that Varoufakis told him the same things when they had their 2-hour face-to-face talks.
Unless they were talking about Gouda and Feta and the Greek FinMin surprised him when he said at the press conference, that the Greek government will not negotiate with the Troika.
Und furthermore, why is he offended? He is chief of the Eurogroup, he does not represent the Troika…
Most probably he was expecting a Yes-Man behavior like in the past with HOHOHO-jocker Jean-Claude Juncker, when he was Eurogroup head.
Juncker – FinMin Venizelos
Juncker – Spanish FinMin
*** We still need to find out if the report conducted by the European Parliament on the Troika – in 2012, I think – indeed described it as “flimsily-constructed.”
PS I have to stress that no matter what the consequences, many Greeks – but also foreigners – cheered Varoufakis for rejecting the Troika after 5 years of humiliations, 5 years of seing our government officials saying YES and AMEN to all Troika’s dictates.