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Rockstar: Syriza’s Yanis Tells Troika Bankers to Take a Hike Back to Brussels

21st Century Wire says…

Imagine being a sideline commentator on TV and then suddenly, you are called up to the Big Show…

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That’s what happened to maverick money expert, Yanis Varoufakis, when Greece’s new majority party, Syriza, asked their favorite economist to help get them out of their EU mess last week.

After a closer examination, many will agree that as far as Greece is concerned, he is definitely the right man for the job.

Troika bankers in Brussels are said to be furious at how Yanis would not bow and scrape to their ‘generous’ offer of loading even more debt on top of a country already suffocating from the Establishment’s various “financial aid” packages. Instead, Yanis has given a cold shoulder to the same bankers who got Greece into its death spiral to begin with, and opting instead to negotiate directly with political leaders in the EU.

Make no mistake about it – this is a major poke in the eye to central banking masters of usury.

Syriza’s meteoric rise to the forefront of Greek politics certainly inspired Yanis, as he tweeted earlier in the week:

Meanwhile, the mainstream media have been busy trying to figure out who Yanis is, with some outlets trying to portray him as an ‘extremist’, or as Greece’s new “left-wing” finance minister. To casually paint him as leftist simply because he is flying the financial flag for Syriza – would be a grave mistake indeed. Not only is he a capitalist, but ‘Global Minotaur’ Yanis could very well be one of the most innovative and forward thinking 21st century market masters around.

Speaking in a BBC interview earlier in the week, Yanis ridiculed the prevailing orthodoxy surrounding the Eurozone and the crippling debt that’s ravaging the southern EU nations. He said that “an eight or nine year old” could understand the raw deal handed down to Greece since going bankrupt in 2010. “Europe in its infinite wisdom decided to deal with this bankruptcy by loading the largest loan in human history on the weakest of shoulders, the Greek taxpayer”, said Yanis.

He added for good measure,“What we’ve been having ever since is a kind of fiscal waterboarding that has turned this nation into a debt colony.”

If government finance ever had a rock star, it is Yanis Varoufakis…

Watch him on the BBC here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiIO4YciewU
RT.com

The new left-wing Greek government has said that it will not cooperate with the ‘troika’ of international lenders, and does not plan to seek an extension for its aid package which is set to expire at the end of February.

Without the aid, Greek banks could face being shut off from European Central Bank funding.

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Rejecting cooperation with the troika from the EU and IMF, Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said he would rather negotiate the debt in direct talks with eurozone leaders.

This position enabled us to win the trust of the Greek people,” Varoufakis said Friday during a joint press conference with Jeroen Dijsselbloem, head of the eurozone finance ministers’ group.

Our first action as a government will not be to reject the rationale of questioning this program through a request to extend it,” Varoufakis said. “We respect institutions but we don’t plan to cooperate with that committee.”

The meeting between Varoufakis and Dijsselbloem is to lay the groundwork for visits by newly-elected Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the finance minister to London, Paris, and Rome next week. The new Greek leadership has voiced its intention to attempt to loosen the terms of the massive €240 billion (US$271 billion) bailout.

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The new government has fueled panic among creditors and investors by promising to freeze privatizations and re-hire state workers, in addition to rolling back other reforms that were mandated by the bailout.

Varoufakis said he had told Dijsselbloem that although Athens plans to make the economy more competitive and balance its budgets, the country refuses to accept deflation and non-viable debt.

Dijsselbloem, meanwhile, warned Greece against taking unilateral measures and cautioned the new finance minister against rolling back progress.

Germany, Greece’s biggest lender, has said it will not consider writing off the country’s debt. Berlin expects Greece to implement structural reform in exchange for support…

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