Varoufakis räägib nüüd!

Exclusive: Yanis Varoufakis opens up about his five month battle to save Greece

Tegemist on üsna pika intervjuuga, aga mulle tundub see, kas just siiras, kuid usutav. Tuleb välja, et Syriza kartis oma valuutale üle minna. Nad ei saanud aru, mida nad teevad ja kartsid valuuta kollapsi, neil puudus selleks ekspertiis Varoufakise sõnade järgi. No respekt talle aususe eest vähemasti. Nad oleksid võinud ju kasvõi välismaalt eksperdid kutsuda. Pigem oli see nende jaoks mõeldamatu. Varoufakis käis paralleelvaluuta idee välja alles referendumi nädalavahetusel, siis oli selleks minu meelest juba liiga hilja.

“He [Tsipras] wasn’t clear back then what his views were, on the drachma versus the euro, on the causes of the crises, and I had very, well shall I say, ‘set views’ on what was going on. A dialogue begun … I believe that I helped shape his views of what should be done.”

And yet Tsipras diverged from him at the last. He understands why. Varoufakis could not guarantee that a Grexit would work. After Syriza took power in January, a small team had, “in theory, on paper,” been thinking through how it might. But he said that, “I’m not sure we would manage it, because managing the collapse of a monetary union takes a great deal of expertise, and I’m not sure we have it here in Greece without the help of outsiders.” More years of austerity lie ahead, but he knows Tsipras has an obligation to “not let this country become a failed state”.

Minu meelest on Tsipras seda juba teinud,  “Greece has become a failed state”,  Varoufakis on liiga sinisilmne. Aga drahmi osas nii palju, et need jutud on küll alusetud nagu oleks drahm hüperinflatsiooni võinud sattuda. Neil oli ju primaarne ülejääk, isegi selline valitsuse poliitika olnuks teoreetiliselt võimalik, et drahm oleks tugevnenud euro suhtes. Nad ei saanud sellest asjast aru ja ei pidanud ennast kompetentseteks. See kumas ka Varoufakise jutust läbi tol ajal, kui ta Argentiinast rääkis.  Intervjuu on väga huvitav ja olen temaga paljuski nõus, eriti sellega:

….When Donald Tusk, the European Council President, tried to issue the communiqué without him, Varoufakis consulted Eurogroup clerks – could Tusk exclude a member state? The meeting was briefly halted. After a handful of calls, a lawyer turned to him and said, “Well, the Eurogroup does not exist in law, there is no treaty which has convened this group.”

“So,” Varoufakis said, “What we have is a non-existent group that has the greatest power to determine the lives of Europeans. It’s not answerable to anyone, given it doesn’t exist in law; no minutes are kept; and it’s confidential. No citizen ever knows what is said within . . . These are decisions of almost life and death, and no member has to answer to anybody.”

 

About Kristjan

Defitsiidi terrorismi vastase pataljoni eriüksuslane (finantsignorantsuse vastu võitlemise osakond). Treening: MMT, postkeinsism, Tartu Ülikool Majandusteadus
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