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I was impressed by Tspiras and Varoufakis intellectual skills if unsure about their negotiating prowess
I beg to disagree. It was guerilla warfare and the way Varoufakis used the press was brilliant. A thousand ambushes where you kill two at a time and the run away. You can't afford to lose two as well. To others it seems like tou retreated, hence a loss, when in fact over the long run attrition takes a bigger toll on the other side.
On the other hand, Tsipras stayed in the shadows and lo and behold, a 40yr old untested politician gained statesman status in the eyes of his people and many others.
The next phase is about building trust, not ambushing people.
In the longer term they will be waiting for him in the long grass if he has made any enemies.
Whereas the press has received thousands of leaks about the negotiations from the Eurogroup.
Also, the person who was most in charge in those years, Yanis Stournaras (though he belongs to another party) is actually close friends with people like Varoufakis. They are academic colleagues in the same department. Even better, Stournaras actually gave Varoufakis his first job out of his advanced degree.
In other words, Varoufakis had inside information about the actual fault lines.
Greece had played things under the vest for 5 years. Going public with your arguments was the exact thing that put fear into the Eurogroup, it was something out of their control.
I don't actually believe Schauble revels in his image, and his uncharacteristic schaudenfreude of the last week (which was weird, since the Greek public really approves of Syriza) was a sign that the public battles were evidently making a difference.
I feel that they have been remarkably disciplined in not publicly dissing previous governments who got Greece into its current pickle. This is no doubt important for the home audience, and of course because it won't get them any credit in negotiations. Still, it must be hard. However, their interlocutors have seemed surprised (or have faked surprise) at the fact that they should dare to repudiate elements contractualised with their predecessors.
A new generation of Euro politicians... let's hope there are more coming.
It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue
- Queen Elizabeth II
In the longer term they will be waiting for him in the long grass if he has made any enemies. The next phase is about building trust, not ambushing people.
In the long term, Greece can afford to have Varoufakis take the fall for their guerrilla tactics, as long as he wins enough fights first.
Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.
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