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Things Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis Isn't Sweating Right Now: Getting A Deal Done With Creditors, Getting Invited To The Euro-Area Fin-Min Potluck Dinner

Most people would be freaking the f*ck out. Yanis Varoufakis isn't most people.
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In theory, there are two issues that Yanis Varoufakis could be losing sleep over circa now. The first is whether or not his government will reach an agreement with creditors re: the terms of a bailout Greece desperately needs. The second is whether or not his colleagues at home and counterparts abroad want him to put a sock in it and step aside while slightly more reasonable people handle this thing. In reality, Varoufakis isn't worried about a thing.

In terms of this whole bailout sitch, he's pretty confident he'll be rolling around on a bed of euros in a fortnight.

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said his government is prepared to go “down to the wire” in talks with its creditors as policy makers signal they’re losing patience with the country after months of brinkmanship. Varoufakis, who denies he’s been sidelined by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in the negotiations, said he expects an agreement in the next two weeks, though one is unlikely to be announced when euro-area finance chiefs meet on Monday...“Europe works in glacial ways and eventually does the right thing after trying all alternatives,” Varoufakis, 54, told BBC World on Thursday. “So we probably won’t have an agreement on Monday, but certainly we’re going to have an agreement in the next couple of weeks or so.”

And as for the matter of people having a problem with his so-called attitude? He has no idea what you're talking about. He has a GREAT attitude and people love him.

His government has repeatedly expressed confidence a deal was imminent, only to be rebuffed by European officials seeking more specific policy proposals from Greece. A meeting of euro-area finance ministers in Riga, Latvia, ended in acrimony and name-calling last month as Varoufakis’s counterparts accused him of gambling with the country’s future. Varoufakis remembers it quite differently. “I never infuriated any of my colleagues,” Varoufakis told the BBC. “My relationship with colleagues is splendid. It’s professional and characterized by mutual respect.”

In fact, he's expecting a delivery of homemade chocolate chip cookies from Wolfgang Schäuble any day now, a gesture he'll return with a batch of his double fudge chocolate brownies. He's Mr. Popularity.

Varoufakis Says Greece Ready to Take EU Impasse Down to the Wire [Bloomberg]


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