Varoufakis: Tsipras Warned Me of a Goudi Coup

Saturday, May 20th, 2017
Last Update: 17:17

Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis said that Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras warned him that if he doesn’t succumb to creditors’ demands in the summer of 2015 there is fear of a new Goudi Coup.

“Alexis Tsipras, in the summer of 2015, told me I had to fear of a new Goudi,” the former minister said in an interview with VICE Greece.

Varoufakis said he is eager for a Special Court in order to testify about the events of the summer of 2015 when the SYRIZA-ANEL coalition agreed to a third bailout program, contrary to his advice. He claims that Tsipras’ words were “a form of threat, a form of incitement to fear for joining the decision to capitulate.”

The former minister also said he tried to prevent Tsipras from holding a referendum, since he had decided to negotiate with creditors, and had proposed to him to give a speech which he had prepared himself, with the prime minister refusing to admit that publicly.

“If I met him now, I really wonder what he would have to say to me. I will be wondering why he did not adhere to the “No” of the referendum until the day I die,” Varoufakis said about the Greek prime minister.

Regarding the fate of the ruling party, Varoufakis predicted that “SYRIZA will have PASOK’s electoral fate.”

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