Pres­sure mounts for se­cret Plan X to be in­ves­ti­gated

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Op­po­si­tion par­ties kept up the pres­sure on the gov­ern­ment yes­ter­day to give a clearer ac­count of its ac­tions over the rev­e­la­tions in US econ­o­mist James K. Gal­braith’s lat­est book re­gard­ing prepa­ra­tions in Greece last year for a pos­si­ble exit from the euro.

The op­po­si­tion pressed home its views on the mat­ter de­spite the fact that coali­tion of­fi­cials dis­tanced them­selves from the aca­demic, who clar­i­fied ex­actly what role he played in 2015 while Ya­nis Varo­ufakis was fi­nance min­is­ter.

Writ­ing on the web­site be­long­ing to the DiEM25 move­ment founded by Varo­ufakis, Gal­braith said that he had been asked by the then fi­nance min­is­ter in March 2015 to “help with a del­i­cate task.”

“This was the prepa­ra­tion of a pre­lim­i­nary plan – re­quested by the prime min­is­ter – for the con­tin­gency that Greece might be forced out of the euro,” he wrote.

Gal­braith said that he worked on a me­moran­dum, called Plan X, for six weeks with a small group of ex­perts that were sworn to se­crecy. The econ­o­mist in­sisted that the fi­nal note was not in­tended as a blue­print for ex­it­ing the euro but “an out­line of mea­sures that might have to be taken and of prob­lems that could oc­cur.”

De­spite the aca­demic’s ex­pla­na­tion, Al­ter­nate Fi­nance Min­is­ter Gior­gos Hou­liarakis launched a strong at­tack on Gal­braith dur­ing a ses­sion in Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day. “Who is this gen­tle­man?” said the min­istry of­fi­cial. “What he is say­ing is un­be­liev­ably friv­o­lous.”

Nev­er­the­less, op­po­si­tion par­ties called for the claims made by Gal­braith to be in­ves­ti­gated fur­ther. PASOK leader Fofi Gen­ni­mata called for the ju­di­ciary to in­ves­ti­gate the “se­cret plans” made by the gov­ern­ment dur­ing the first half of 2015. New Democ­racy leader Kyr­i­akos Mit­so­takis said it was more im­por­tant than ever for Greeks to find out what hap­pened “dur­ing those cat­a­strophic first six months of 2015.”

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