Greece’s Alternate Finance Minister Evklidis Tsakalotos revealed the determination of the government to “go to rift” if negotiations have no successful conclusion and the list of reforms would not be accepted.
Speaking to private Star TV on Friday morning, Tsakalotos did not explicitly named the country’s creditors but it’s rather obvious.
“I think the scenario of rupture is something that also Yanis Varoufakis mentioned at his government program statement and this is something that Greek people appreciated. the people understood that we support the world of labor, people who lost a lot of things during the crisis and that we are ready, if things will not go well, to go for a rift,” Tsakalotos said and added:
“If you don’t have ‘the rift’ in your mind even as an option, it is obvious that the lenders will push for the same measures as before. that is we could be like Mister Samaras. We purposely create ambiguity with our partners about our intentions because they should know that we are ready for a rift, otherwise you don’t negotiate.”
Tsakalotos refrained from revealing the government’s ‘secret cards’ for the case that negotiations with creditors will fail and stressed that “this is a bargain chip the other side should not know.”
The Alternate Minister in charge of International and Economics relations said that people fully understand that the government has not ruled out the rift-option and that government’s main target is a “positive scenario.”
PS Was this interview some kind of lecture on “economics and bargain dialectics”? If the Greek Finance Minister guys take time and carefully read the results of recent public opinion surveys, they will realize that Greeks support a government that negotiates with creditors but it does not support neither a rift with creditors nor a Greek exit form the eurozone.
But here I have to mention that I am not sure whether what the Greek Financial Team says to media and to creditors are the same things.
Guys, grow up!