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09 October, 2015

Varoufakis: Social Democrats wanted to crush us!

'Podemos have now suffered great damage due to us. All, however, are linked: one of the reasons for which the official Europe appeared so determined to crush us, was the rise of Podemos. The Social Democrats in Germany and elsewhere were afraid our success. If we had succeeded to restart the Greek economy, they would end up like PASOK in Greece, ie 4%. Therefore, they had to crush us, which they did,'

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The referendum was not held for us to win but to lose, find an excuse in the face of an inevitable subjugation”. With this phrase, the former Greek Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis, describes in the French magazine L 'Observateur what happened the night of the Greek referendum, when the “NO” prevailed with 62%.

Truly, I'm thinking of it. On the night of the referendum, when this grand 62% for the 'NO' came out, I was in seventh heaven. But this was not the result that Tsipras wanted. It was written clearly on his face. Well, that night he said: it is time for us to surrender. And I answered: not for me. (...) He thought that Greece could be destroyed if we continued. I did not share this view. And I left.”

Referring to the role of Podemos in Spain, Varoufakis said: “We did great harm to them. Podemos have now suffered great damage due to us. All, however, are linked: one of the reasons for which the official Europe appeared so determined to crush us, was the rise of Podemos. The Social Democrats in Germany and elsewhere were afraid our success. If we had succeeded to restart the Greek economy, they would end up like PASOK in Greece, ie 4%. Therefore, they had to crush us, which they did,” he said among other things.

Concerning eurozone, Varoufakis said characteristically:

To believe someone that there is a German psychological 'type', is the beginning of racism. I do not agree entirely with Mélenchon, as I told to him in the celebration of Humanité. This is mainly a weak thought, because eurozone was created, not by a German government, but by a coalition of French, German and Greek elites, which are equally responsible for the catastrophic architecture.

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