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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-02-12

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] FinMin Varoufakis dismisses FT report

  • [01] FinMin Varoufakis dismisses FT report

    ANA/MPA---Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis on Thursday dismissed a Financial Times' post on Twitter (and the relevant report on FT Brussels blog) according to which the Greek Finance Minister had agreed on a joint statement after the Eurogroup meeting, but it was then rejected by officials in Athens.

    "Might I suggest that you refrain from dubious claims based on even more dubious leaks? It's rather unseemly," Varoufakis replied.

    According to several officials involved in the talks, Yanis Varoufakis, the Greek finance minister, had agreed to a joint statement with his colleagues, a statement that was even signed off by Greece's deputy prime minister, Yiannis Dragasakis, who was also in Brussels for the gathering, Financial Times correspondent Peter Spiegel had reported.

    "Once agreed, the Eurogroup meeting broke up and Schaeuble and several of his colleagues headed out the door. But officials said Varoufakis put in one last call back to Athens to inform them what he had just agreed to – and government officials vetoed the statement," Spiegel added.

    "In many senses, it (statement) has a little bit for everyone. For eurozone officials, who were pushing Athens hard to request an extension of the current bailout, which expires at the end of the month, it leaves open the option to "explore the possibilities of extending" the programme. For Varoufakis, there is even the word "bridge" mentioned in the final paragraph – though not in the sense the Greek minister probably wanted, which is as part of a bridge financing deal, according to Spiegel.


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