ND re­news call for Plan X in­quiry

Varo­ufakis and Gal­braith con­firm con­tin­gency blue­print was or­dered by Tsipras

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Greece’s con­ser­va­tive op­po­si­tion has re­it­er­ated a de­mand for a par­lia­men­tary in­quiry into the events lead­ing up to the coun­try’s third bailout and, in par­tic­u­lar Plan X, a con­tin­gency scheme ham­mered out by for­mer fi­nance min­is­ter Ya­nis Varo­ufakis to be ac­ti­vated in case Greece ex­ited the euro area.

New Democ­racy’s re­quest came af­ter an op-ed in the Efimerida ton Syn­tak­ton news­pa­per on Satur­day in which Varo­ufakis and his for­mer ad­viser US econ­o­mist James Gal­braith de­fended Greece’s need for a con­tin­gency blue­print, adding that it was or­dered by Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras.

In a state­ment on Satur­day, ND said the two had ef­fec­tively con­firmed the ex­is­tence of a plan, re­quested by the PM, that fore­saw Greece’s euro exit. “The ques­tion now is what does Tsipras have to say about all this?” ND said.

Mean­while, in an in­ter­view with the Sun­day edi­tion of Kathimerini, Gal­braith con­firmed that the re­quest for a plan came from the top.

“We un­der­stood that the fi­nance min­is­ter was car­ry­ing out in­struc­tions on be­half of the PM,” Gal­braith told Kathimerini.

Asked whether he was trou­bled at the idea of invit­ing the Hel­lenic Army to main­tain or­der dur­ing a shaky fi­nan­cial tran­si­tion, as spec­i­fied in the plan, Gal­braith says, “Of course; we were deeply trou­bled by the many pos­si­ble so­cial, eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal dis­rup­tions.”

How­ever, he said that no De­fense Min­istry of­fi­cials were present at the meet­ings.

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