Tsipras and Varo­ufakis go pub­lic with spat

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The coali­tion yes­ter­day re­jected calls for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the first months of the gov­ern­ment’s time in power, as a dis­pute be­tween Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras and ex-fi­nance min­is­ter Yan­nis Varo­ufakis over that pe­riod in 2015 be­came pub­lic.

“The eval­u­a­tion of this pe­riod has to be con­ducted with po­lit­i­cal cri­te­ria, not myth­mak­ing or gos­sip,” said gov­ern­ment spokesman Dim­itris Tzanakopou­los, who ac­cused Varo­ufakis of try­ing to ad­ver­tise his re­cent book.

Tzanakopou­los’s com­ments came after Tsipras gave an in­ter­view to The Guardian in which he ad­mit­ted mak­ing “big mis­takes” in the past and sug­gested that Varo­ufakis’s plan for a par­al­lel pay­ment sys­tem could not be con­sid­ered se­ri­ously. “When we got to the point of read­ing what he pre­sented as his plan B it was so vague, it wasn’t worth the trou­ble of even talk­ing about. It was sim­ply weak and in­ef­fec­tive,” said Tsipras.

The for­mer min­is­ter im­me­di­ately re­sponded to the pre­mier’s com­ments by claim­ing they dis­played a “deep in­co­her­ence.” Varo­ufakis claims that he had made Tsipras aware of the plan be­fore he came to of­fice yet the SYRIZA leader still chose to ap­point him.

“Ei­ther I was the right choice to spear­head the ‘col­li­sion’ with the troika of Greece’s lenders be­cause my plans were con­vinc­ing, or my plans were not con­vinc­ing and, thus, I was the wrong choice as his first fi­nance min­is­ter,” he wrote in a let­ter to The Guardian.

New Democ­racy called for ju­di­cial and par­lia­men­tary probes into Varo­ufakis’s claims.

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