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If you read the latest interview with Kouvelakis it's clear any plans Tsipras and Varoufakis might have had were xabotaged by Dragasakis. He might in fact take over if Tsipras falls.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jul 15th, 2015 at 05:41:13 PM EST
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Kouvelakis is a little unclear though. If Varoufakis, Dragasakis and Lapavitsas all thought the ECB would use bazookas, who were the surprised naifes? Are we talking about Tsipras's inner circle? Pappas? Kouvelakis was contradictory and confusing in that article.
by Upstate NY on Wed Jul 15th, 2015 at 09:37:11 PM EST
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Varoufakis spoke of a small council of 6 that voted on whether to take the nuclear option against the Eurozone. These were probably Varoufakis, Stathakis, Dragasakis, Pappas, Mardas and Tsipras (got this list from a facebook thread started by Talos when the Varaoufakis interview came out). Then Kouvelakis seems to be talking of a larger general council. That's either the collection of 13 ministers or (unlikely) the whole cabinet of 41 ministers and alternate ministers.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jul 16th, 2015 at 01:16:45 AM EST
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Maybe Pappas and Mardas then. Tsipras made a colossal mistake here. You had to know back in December whether you were willing to engage. This is why accurate polling helps political candidates. Tsipras could have won the election on simply being at least slightly more sympathetic to the people than Samaras, or he could have run as a reformer against corruption. If he knew he wasn't willing to take the all the way (not necessarily Grexit) he should have never engaged. If I were Syriza, I would have simply shown up at the Eurogroup in December and said, "We are pass the [neoliberal] reforms, but will avoid recessionary measures." Reforms such as pharmacies, bread buns, tax on Braille typewriters, labor rights. I would have resisted VAT rises on tourism and made a case for humanitarian measures to replace pension cuts. I would have completed the 2nd program in February. Then I'd like to see what the proposal for a 3rd bailout would have been.
by Upstate NY on Thu Jul 16th, 2015 at 01:00:23 PM EST
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Kouvelakis says
Very vaguely. In restricted cabinet meetings, the so-called government council, where only the ten main ministers take part, Varoufakis had mentioned the necessity in the spring to consider Grexit as a possible action and prepare for that. I think there were some elaborations about parallel currency, but all this remained quite vague and poorly prepared.
The main ministers were

  • Prime Minister: Alexis Tsipras
  • Government Vice President: Giannis Dragasakis
  • State Ministry: State Minister Nikos Pappas
  • Economy, Infrastructure, Maritime and Tourism Ministry: Minister Giorgos Stathakis
  • Interior and Administrative Reconstruction Ministry: Minister Nikos Voutsis
  • Finance Ministry: Minister Giannis Varoufakis
  • Defense Ministry: Minister Panos Kammenos
  • Foreign Ministry: Minister Nikos Kotzias
  • Production Reconstruction, Environment and Energy Ministry: Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis
  • Justice Transparency and Human Rights Ministry: Minister Nikos Paraskevopoulos
  • Labor and Social Solidarity Ministry: Minister Panos Skourletis
  • Health and Social Security Ministry: Minister Panagiotis Kouroublis
  • Culture, Education and Religion Ministry: Minister Aristidis Baltas
  • Government Spokesperson: Gavriil Sakellaridis
I'm not sure what he means by "10" ministers. But anyway, this is what Kouvelakis says about Dragasakis' people.
The first group had a consistent line from the outset -- there was absolutely no naïveté on their part. They knew very well that the Europeans would never accept a break with the memorandum.

This is why Dragasakis from the outset did everything he could not to change the logic of the overall approach. He clearly sabotaged all the attempts for Syriza to have a proper economic program, even one within the framework that had been approved by the majority of the party. He thought that the only thing you could get was an improved version of the memorandum framework. He wanted his hands completely free to negotiate the deal with the Europeans, without himself appearing too much at the stage, he succeeded in controlling the negotiation team, especially once Varoufakis had been sidelined.

In summer 2013, he gave a very interesting interview that created a lot of buzz at the time. What he was proposing was not even a softer version of Syriza's program, but in reality a different program that was a slight improvement of the existing agreement that New Democracy signed.

The naïves must have been what he calls the "left Europeanists", among them Tsakalotos.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jul 16th, 2015 at 01:18:17 PM EST
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Mardas, by the way, was one of Varoufakis' two deputy ministers (the other is Nantia Valavani who resigned this week). He's the only one presumed to have been in the small council of 6 who decided on the capital controls who was not a minister.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jul 16th, 2015 at 01:21:23 PM EST
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