Tuesday 21 February 2017

Sinn Féin and parties of the left talked up Greek tragedy

Published 18/02/2016 | 02:30

Former Greek finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis. Photo: Pat Moore
Former Greek finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis. Photo: Pat Moore

You don't hear too much about Yanis Varoufakis in Ireland these days. The handsome economics professor, turned Greek Finance Minister, talked a great show during his term in office from February 2015 to July 2015. He resigned a day after the referendum on July 5 last, after Greek voters rejected the terms of the country's third bailout since 2010.

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As he exited on a motorcycle, his blonde wife's locks wafting Godiva-like from the pillion, he blasted the EU creditors' decision to ignore the referendum vote outcome. His boss, the Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, went back to Brussels and effectively took what terms he could. Political humiliation was added to the ongoing horror of a country with an economy on the brink.

It is a deeply sad thing to have to say, but looking at the decent Greek people suffer is a lesson to the average Irish citizen, or indeed people in any small country facing tough economic circumstances.

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