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Thursday, 5 February 2015

Varoufakis & Schäuble Press Conference Clash, Berlin- 'We agree to disagree' («Συμφωνούμε ότι διαφωνούμε»)

A clever, witty and lightly satirical cartoon about the language of politics and image change:

Not "Memorandum" but "Programme"; not "Troika" but "Committee"; not "Yiannis" but "Yanis" (posted on Facebook by Kostas Karakonstandzis; source publication unknown to me; please advise, if you know, in order to credit artist and paper).

Varoufakis in Dinner Jacket

More cartoons (Greek Reporter)

Reuters on the clash

After blunt talks in Berlin, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said he had told Greece's Yanis Varoufakis it was not realistic to make electoral promises that burdened other countries, and they had "agreed to disagree".

From The Guardian


Financial Times, Greek-German rift opens up at press conference

Watch on YouTube, NB from 48 minute point

Zeit Online: Great differences

Griechenland müsse die Gespräche mit der Troika wieder aufnehmen, fordert der Bundesfinanzminister. Das erste Treffen mit Varoufakis offenbart große Differenzen.

Die Erpressung

Spiegel on Line, Schulz

Le Monde

Kathimerini report - When Varoufakis mentioned the Nazis

BBC: End gross indignity (Varoufakis)


Greece pleads with Berlin for time and money to re-write debt deal
Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis evokes fears of Nazism in Greece in a bid to end his country's "ritual humiliation" at the hands of its creditors

Mail Online

Greece turmoil sees bank shares fall 28%... as minister warns Germans over rise of Athens' neo-Nazis
Yanis Varoufakis asks for an end to the 'gross indignity' of austerity
Wants to renegotiate Greece's massive international bailout
Also compared his country's economic problems to Germany's after WW1
Warned 'If you humiliate a proud nation...then things come to the boil'
But Germany's Wolfgang Schauble insists no deal will be reached

Σόιμπλε: Δεν συμφωνούμε, αλλά πρέπει να βρούμε λύση (

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