Former Greek finance minister addresses Right2Change meeting via videolink.
Ireland faces a “stark choice” at the next election between those who have imposed austerity on the Irish people and those who have an alternative vision, the former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has said.
Mr Varoufakis told the Right2Change meeting in the Mansion House thatMichael Noonan and Brendan Howlin were both part of a conspiracy to crush the Irish people.
“The Irish general election will either condone and legitimise the Irish people’s violation at the hands of an unscrupulous local regime and a brutal European Central Bank, ” he said.
Mr Varoufakis, an academic economist, became Greece’s finance minister when Syriza took power in January 2015.
He resigned seven months later claiming that the Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras had reneged on his promise to renegotiate Greece’s debt deal with the EU.
Speaking via video link to the Right2Change meeting, he accused Mr Noonan of failing to support debt relief for the Greek people at EU level because it would draw attention to his own failure to fulfil his commitments to get debt relief for Irish people too.
“Now you have a chance to send Mr Noonan packing. Our struggle was also a struggle for the Irish people. If our moderate proposals prevailed, a template would have been created for Irish debt restructuring for the end of debt in Dublin.”