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Varoufakis to Renzi: You Bullied Tsipras But You Didn't Get Rid of Me

varoufakisGreece’s former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis replied to criticism he received from Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, claiming Europe’s leaders ‘bullied’ Alexis Tsipras into agreeing to the final terms of the bailout.
Varoufakis wrote an open letter on his blog to Renzi claiming that the Greek Prime Minister was blackmailed and bullied by European leaders who orchestrated a coup against Greece.
Speaking to his Democratic Party MPs, Renzi used Varoufakis’ name claiming that Varoufakis abandoned his party but his dissent had failed to make an impact, saying: “Whoever tries to wound his party by seceding, he dies at the ballot box. And this Varoufakis…we got rid of him.”
Varoufakis replied immediately saying, “The truth is more sobering. Unlike many of my comrades, I remained loyal to the SYRIZA platform that saw us elected on January 25th as a united party that brought hope to the Greek and European people. Hope for what? Hope for a permanent end to the extend-and-pretend bailout loans, which cost Europe dearly, condemned Greece to permanent depression and foreshadowed failed policies for the rest of Europe.”
“Dear Mr Renzi, I have a message for you. You can rejoice as much as you like about the fact that I am no longer finance minister, not even in parliament. But you did not ‘get rid’ of me. I am alive and kicking politically, as people in Italy remind me when I walk the streets of your beautiful country,” Varoufakis wrote in a more personal tone.
“No, what you got rid of, by participating in that dastardly coup against Alexis Tsipras and Greek democracy last July, was your own integrity as a European democrat. Possibly your soul too,” he wrote further.

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