Yanis Varoufakis did what he had to do, refuse to continue the catastrophic neoliberal policies of the Troika lenders in Greece, when he met plutocrats' representative Jeroen Dijsselbloem.
The meeting between Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis and eurogroup finance chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem ended in a tense press conference, rejected any extension to the country’s bailout and refused to co-operate with the troika of lenders (the ECB, EU and IMF).
Dijsselbloem criticised “unilateral” moves and said a decision on Greece’s 28 February deadline with its lenders would be reached before then.
Back to the press conference between eurogroup finance head Jeroen Dijsselbloem and Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, and Helena Smith says it was a tense affair:
Send off for Joren Dijsselbloem ended with incredible stand-off as Varoufakis socked him one over the troika. The Dutchman looked enraged, bending forward to whisper something in Varoufakis’ ear to which the Greek finance minister did not respond. Greek finance ministry staff standing behind me said “Oh my God.”
One said “I wonder if this is the time to pack my bags.”
Throughout the press conference you could almost feel the electric tension in the air.
The video shows that after the whisper of the Dutchman in his ear, Varoufakis whispered something like "wow". It is not verified, but according to some mainstream media in Greece, Daiselbloom told him "You just killed Troika" (!). Well, we certainly hope so.