These 7 Yanis Varoufakis quotes show why we’ll miss him

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Greece’s fi­nance min­is­ter Yanis Varoufakis has re­signed from his post to help smooth his coun­try’s ne­go­ti­a­tions with cred­i­tors on a new debt restruc­tur­ing deal.

In typ­i­cally flam­boy­ant fash­ion, the mo­tor­bike-rid­ing economist left some part­ing words to his Eurogroup peers — the ones he has bat­tled with over the last few months. “I shall wear the cred­i­tors’ loathing with pride,” he boasted in a blog post an­nounc­ing his de­par­ture Mon­day.

On us­ing the Ea­gles to show Greece’s dilemma: “Greece is ab­so­lutely, ir­re­versibly, com­mit­ted to stay­ing in the eu­ro­zone,” he told CNN. “The prob­lem is that once you’re in, it goes just like the Ea­gle’s song ‘Ho­tel Cal­i­for­nia’ – you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.”

On us­ing poet Dy­lan Thomas to show Greece’s re­solve: “Greek democ­racy to­day chose to stop go­ing gen­tly into the night. Greek democ­racy re­solved to rage against the dy­ing of the light,” he wrote in his blog.

On the lengths he would go to ne­go­ti­ate a bet­ter deal: “I’d rather cut off my arm than ac­cept (a) bad deal,” he told Bloomberg.

On the Europe’s ‘troika’ team that was ne­go­ti­at­ing with Greece: “A com­mit­tee built on rot­ten foun­da­tions,” he said.

On com­par­ing the eu­ro­zone to the Titanic: “(The eu­ro­zone) re­sem­bles a fine river­boat that was launched on a still ocean in 2000. And then the first storm that hit it, in 2008, started cre­at­ing se­ri­ous struc­tural prob­lems for it. We started leak­ing wa­ter. And of course, the peo­ple in the third class, as in the Titanic, start feel­ing the drown­ing ef­fects first,” he told Chan­nel 4 News.

On how much he sticks out when com­pared to his peers: “I am be­ing treated as a strange bird be­cause I talk macroe­co­nomics,” he told The Wall Street Jour­nal.

On quot­ing a fa­mous leader to show how much he is dis­liked: “FDR, 1936: ‘They are unan­i­mous in their hate for me; and I welcome their ha­tred’. A quo­ta­tion close to my heart (& re­al­ity) these days,” he said in a tweet.

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