On 21 July 356 BC an ancient Greek man named Herostratus deliberately set fire to the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus. This temple was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. His purpose was to remain remembered throughout history years – even if that would happen for a negative reason. In 2015 AC Greece found its modern Herostratus. His name is Yanis Varoufakis and he served as Finance Minister of the country from January until June 2015.
Although Greece has suffered by the incompetence of several Finance Ministers in the previous decades, Yanis Varoufakis is completely responsible for the current drama of Greek citizens. Instead of co-operating with his partners at the EU level, he failed to protect Greece’s European orientation. Having time for contradictory media interviews but not for specific proposals to support the national economy, he led the country to international isolation. His catastrophic methods caused bankruptcy due to Greece’s debts to the IMF, chaos in the banking sector and uncertainty for the years to come. Above all, Mr Varoufakis re-opened the Grexit debate as he never sought to come an agreement with Athens’ creditors as opposed to his official promises.
Mr Varoufakis played with the future of Greece in order to become famous. The comparison of his stance with that of Herostratus is only the beginning of the fair criticism he will receive.
George N. Tzogopoulos