"Bloomberg Business" Tribute To Yanis Varoufakis, Greece's Iconoclastic Ex-Finance Minister


BLOOMBERG: July 06 -- Yanis Varoufakis, Greece's iconoclastic finance minister, has resigned his post following his country's historic 'NO' vote. He describes himself on Twitter as having been "thrust onto the public scene by Europe's inane handling of an inevitable crisis."

VAROUFAKIS: I wish that we had the Drachma.

Make no mistake this is not the statement that I want the Drachma. I wish we had the Drachma.

I wish we had never entered this monetary union. And I think that deep down, all member state of the Eurozone would agree with that now, because it was very badly constructed. But once you are is, you can not get out without catastrophe...

We have the right to be heard, and we have the right to challenge the logic of the program that has clearly failed. This crisis that began in 2008. Instead of helping us come closer together, it is creating centrifugal forces that is making the political process of unifying even harder. And that is something we should lose sleep over.

As he packed up his office at the Ministry of Finance and departed on his motorcycle: "I am not going to give you a press conference as I am trying to escape."

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