Die Syriza-Regierung geht in die Offensive. Bei der Presseerklärung nach dem Gespräch mit dem Eurogruppenchef Dijsselbloem erklärt der griechische Finanzminister Varoufakis (neben Dijsselbloem sitzend), dass die griechische Regierung nicht mehr mit der Troika zusammenarbeiten wird. Sie wird völlig neue Vereinbarungen aushandeln.
Greece’s government will not cooperate with the EU and IMF mission bankrolling the country and will not seek an extension to the bailout programme, its finance minister said on Friday.
Jeroen Dijsselbloem, head of the eurozone finance ministers’ group who is in Athens for talks with the new government, said the two sides would decide what would happen next before the programme ends on February 28.
“This platform enabled us to win the confidence of the Greek people,” Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis told reporters after their meeting. “Our first action as a government will not be to reject the rationale of questioning this programme through a request to extend it.”
Varoufakis said he had assured Dijsselbloem that Athens planned to implement reforms to make the economy more competitive and have balanced budgets but that it would not accept a “self-fed crisis” of deflation and non-viable debt.
In turn, Dijsselbloem said he had told the new government to respect the terms of the existing agreement between Greece and the eurozone and warned against taking unilateral steps, saying it was important not to reverse progress made so far.
He said continuing support from Europe depended on Greece respecting its obligations and it was up to to Athens to decide its position before moving forward jointly with the eurozone.
Back to the press conference between eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem and Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, and Helena Smith says it was a tense affair:
Send off for Joren Dijsselbloem ended with incredible stand-off as Varoufakis socked him one over the troika. The Dutchman looked enraged, bending forward to whisper something in Varoufakis’ ear to which the Greek finance minister did not respond. Greek finance ministry staff standing behind me said “Oh my God.”
One said “I wonder if this is the time to pack my bags.”
Throughout the press conference you could almost feel the electric tension in the air.