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Saturday, 31 January 2015

Greek Ambiguities and Inaccurate Reporting: Yanis Varoufakis (Minister of Finance) - the interview on Newsnight (BBC TV)

From his blog

"As a fan of the BBC, I must say I was appalled by the depths of inaccuracy in the reporting underpinning this interview (not to mention the presenter’s considerable rudeness). Still, and despite the cold wind on that balcony, it was fun!"

Watch the video on YouTube

Related, on general strategy (Protagon)

Macropolis headline (31/01/2015): Greece and lenders with conceptual, as well as practical, gaps to bridge, Nick Malkoutzis -

"A meeting between on Friday Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis and Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem that ended with a terse handshake and the Dutchman’s obvious displeasure has heightened concern that Greece and its lenders are heading towards a perhaps irreparable rift".

Euronews: "No more troika talks as Greece seeks new debt deal"

"Yanis Varoufakis informed Jeroen Dijsselbloem, head of the eurozone group of finance ministers, during a frosty meeting in Athens: “Our common interest in Europe, in the Eurozone is best served by a new agreement that will come out of negotiations between all Europeans which we will attend with Europe’s interests in mind.” Athens says it does not want the money, which it considers part of a “toxic” programme".

The Telegraph: We will not co-operate with the troika, says Greek finance minister

Yanis Varoufakis calls Greece's troika of international lenders - the EU, IMF and ECB - 'a rottenly constructed committee'.

What was whispered?

Varoufakis on the Troika,

Der Spiegel report

Zwischen der neuen griechischen Regierung und der Euro-Gruppe ist es zu einem Eklat gekommen. Griechenland werde künftig nicht mehr mit den Kontrolleuren der Geldgeber zusammenarbeiten, sagte der Finanzminister Gianis Varoufakis am Freitag nach einem Treffen mit Euro-Gruppen-Chef Jeroen Dijsselbloem in Athen.

Der Spiegel Portrait of Varoufakis

The ambiguity and uncertainty seems to be widespread. The fault of  hard-talking journalists or tough-talking politicians? Inaccuracies and misunderstandings need to be cleared up quickly. Not sure who can appear to be the "rudest".

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