Greek Government circles are denying that Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis mentioned the possibility of a referendum being held to stay in the euro. “Over the last few days we have noticed an effort to strike against Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis through ironic statements or by fabricating fake or misleading news.
Statements that were never made or with the addition of ‘clarifications’ that totally change the meaning of the answers, as was the case in the particular interview that appeared in the Spanish newspaper Corriere della Sera,” state government agents, adding that Varoufakis never referred to a “referendum for the euro.” They state that the word “euro” was added by the journalist herself, hence she placed it in brackets.
Government sources state that there is no talk of replacing Varoufakis. “We won’t do them the favor. The Finance Minister of Greece is Yanis Varoufakis. If they want someone styled after Gikas Hardouvelis, who says ‘yes’ to everything then they will be disappointed,” say Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) sources.