July 6, 2015
So varewell then Yanis Varoufakis – it’s been a vantastic six months.
This morning brought the heartbreaking news that the Vin Diesel of finance ministers was stepping down from his role as bad boy of the bailout.
You can read his characteristically incendiary farewell blog, where he boasts of “wearing the creditors’ loathing with pride”, here.
Minister No More! http://t.co/Oa6MlhTPjG
— Yanis Varoufakis (@yanisvaroufakis) July 6, 2015
Heard in Europe will miss the leather jacket toting, motorbike-riding icon, as will the whole of the Brussels press corps.
For we here in the capital of Europe are often starved of politicians with personality, or even politicians who actually say something worth quoting.
The lack of plain-speaking – demonstrated once again at today’s cut-short Commission midday briefing on Greece – is a curse.
But it was a curse that Yanis could lift, if only for a brief, shining moment, with a well-aimed barb or pithy put-down.
Granted, his departure may have had something to do with his promise that Greece’s banks would reopen in 24 hours after the referendum.
“In 24h we COULD have an agreement”, I said. But our toxic media rushed to report that I predicted an agreement within 24h. Go figure!
— Yanis Varoufakis (@yanisvaroufakis) July 5, 2015
But it is just as likely, in our considered view, that the bloodless, craven coven of eurozone finance ministers decided they just weren’t going to play ball with Yanis anymore.
So in honour of the man who was too cool for the EU, Heard in Europe has decided to pay tribute to Yanis in what has become the traditional way of all media…
— Evan Lamos (@evanlamos) July 6, 2015
By collecting together the funniest internet memes doing the rounds after his defenestration.
— Clément Martel (@martelclem) July 6, 2015
— Mustapha Hamoui (@Beirutspring) July 6, 2015
— Jeroen Sluiter (@JeroenSluiter1) July 6, 2015
And for one final time….
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