Varoufakis slams Mitsotakis’s ‘oligarchy’ in EU Parliament –


Greek opposition chief Yanis Varoufakis slammed Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis following his speech within the European Parliament on the seventh anniversary of the Greek referendum on Tuesday (5 July) that noticed residents vote overwhelmingly towards EU imposed austerity measures.

In his speech, the Greek prime minister mentioned that “2022 Greece has nothing to do with 2015” and that his authorities is bringing Greece right into a “new period”.

Mitsotakis’s participation within the plenary debate follows a latest choice of the European Parliament to ask to every plenary session a member state’s prime minister to debate the present state of affairs of the EU and their nation’s priorities.

Many of the latest debates have targeted on the warfare in Ukraine and the power disaster.

As an alternative, Mitsotakis additionally spoke of “progress, decreasing unemployment, rising investments” and the nation being “liberated from the regime of enhanced supervision”.

Nevertheless, Yanis Varoufakis, a finance minister in Alexis Tsipras’s Syriza authorities on the peak of Greece’s bailout disaster, and now chief of the opposition occasion DiEM25 informed EURACTIV that Mitsotakis represented “the oligarchy working Europe” that’s “decided to maintain European democracy down and out”.

Referring to the interval across the 2015 referendum, Varoufakis mentioned that “European democracy was given an opportunity to breathe once more when a European folks – the Greeks – stood up and mentioned no to the misanthropic, anti-European troika and its newest austerity program.”

Varoufakis, having led the marketing campaign towards the plan alongside Tsipras, described the ‘No’ vote as an excellent second for European democracy. He accused Mitsotakis of denigrating this “magnificent second”.

However Varoufakis was not the one one to criticise Mitsotakis. Through the speech, some MEPs known as the Greek prime minister out on home points comparable to declining press freedom and the rule of regulation.

Mitsotakis was fast to reject them, saying that press freedom is assured in Greece, and NGOs rankings are unreliable. He even held up copies of Greek dailies in an try to illustrate his level.

Within the 2022 World Press Freedom Index by Reporters With out Borders, Greece plunged to 108, the bottom rating within the EU.

A supply of the organisation informed EURACTIV that press freedom issues within the nation are comparable to those who are dealing with Hungarian unbiased media.


Greece’s financial disaster, which left the nation on the point of default, noticed the nation compelled right into a collection of EU and IMF bailout programmes totalling €400 billion, in return for harsh spending cuts and tax rises. In July 2015, greater than 60% of Greek residents voted towards the bailout phrases in a referendum known as by the Tsipras authorities, prompting fears that the nation might be compelled to go away the eurozone. Within the weeks that adopted a revised bailout deal was agreed by Greece and its collectors.

[Edited by Benjamin Fox]

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