Mikis Theodorakis: Varoufakis-Dijsselbloem, a Moment of National Pride

theodorakis-mikisInternationally acclaimed Greek composer, Mikis Theodorakis, with a text he uploaded on his personal website, gives his opinion on the latest political developments in Greece, in which the epicenter is the meeting between the Greek Finance Minister, Giannis Varoufakis, and the Eurogroup President, Jeroen Dijsselbloem.

Mikis Theodorakis text Translates as follows:

The Eurogroup and its Dutch President are images that torture me. I have been through so much, simply because by Fate I was born Greek, and as a Greek I should not only endure the whims of those who are powerful, but to lower my head and even learn to love them! But I could never bring myself to like that Dutchman with glasses.

And so he arrived like an arrogant boss, to scold a nation worthy of laughter and tears, a nation that held its head high forgetting they are the second-class citizens of Europe, the Eurogroup and its President, Mr. Jeroen Dijsselbloem.

But then a miracle happened, like those forgotten in the depths of my memory. Two representatives of these second-class people, Tsipras and Varoufakis, with a rare calm and coolness, presented him with two luminous yet kind “NOs” that angered him to the point of forgetting his role as a “European nobleman” — prompting him to storm away looking for the fastest exit.

It is at this point that all is forgotten. We once again become beautiful Greeks. We stand taller. How and why it happened, and where it will lead are details for the Greeks who have lived and survived with symbolism. And I consider it cowardly to focus on trivialities in a moment of national pride.


  • Thinktank

    Is it the 300 billion euro of debt that is the “triviality”?

  • Eva Ch

    The Netherlands’ debt, Mr Jeroen Dijsselbloem’s home country, is over 500 billion… So… yes ours is just a triviality. Although, i don’t think Mr theodorakis by saying “trivialities” was referring to the debt.

  • ali

    True and although i am not a supporter of Tsipras and his government i must admitt i dislike immensly this arrogant little Flemish Dutch pratt who showed such selfimportance and i enjoyed his childish tantrum in the TV and his hurried and rude exit.But i enjoyed it even more when the next day he backtracked and started correcting his rude attitude.Evidently he was reprimanded.It was time that somebody gave a slap in the mouth to this little dictator.

  • indigopete

    So you want people to believe that this situation has simply come about from a ‘lack of prudence’ ?

    The reason it’s come about is because 20 years of private sector financial debauchery went bust and the public got handed the bill. All of Europe has a problem with it – not just Greece, but with them having been on the periphery of the economic core anyway, their economy just ‘creaked’ more than most.

    It’s got nothing to do with your celebrate ‘prudence’ – if anything Dutch banks are at least as much, if not more to blame as Greek financial incompetence/croneyism.

  • dutchnational

    Zero

  • António Sousa

    The Netherlands also has a higher Carbon footprint per capita than Greece. So what about not messing around with the environment others are using? The Netherlands also has the double the amount of capital in fiscal paradises than Greece, so what about paying the due taxes?

    I think It is also easy to make sure one of the earliest capitalistic countries (search: Joint Stack Companies), works according to the “imposed” system, also considering the geopolitical position of Netherlands and all the Europena Union Institutional framework and laws (in which the netherlands had a major role writing – Maastricht treaty), than comparing with Greece.

    What about thinking that if the world progresses the way it is progressing, soon (as it is a classic paradox of capitalism), there will be no one left to buy your beautiful tulips and whatever else you produce in your country?

    What about stopping to think a bit about the fact that the world is fully connected and discovered now. There is no more room for expansion, everything is appropriated now. Its time for cooperation, intelligent design and technological balance with the environment. Its time to tackle poverty first and then inequality.

  • dutchnational

    Part of that higher footprint is due to a much higher productivity, part is due to a harsher climate, there is a reason why a lot of dutch people visit Greece.

    I do not know where you get your wisdom about dutch capital in fiscal paradises, but there is no ban on having money abroad as long as you declare your foreign capital.

    Most dutch people do, especially as our tax department, other than that of fi Greece, is very active in exchanging information with all kind of countries about dutch capital, homeownership there. Examples are all EU countries, Switzerland, several caribbean Islands etc etc. Just this year some 8 billion Euro were found abroad and backtaxed for 12 years.

    As we have a yearly tax of 1.2% on capital this provides more or less a billion in backtaxes and 100 million yearly for the future. As of this year there is a 300% fine on backtaxes on capital abroad.

    So, we do our part. Now the Greeks and other south europeans with undeclared capital abroad have to do theirs.

  • Alex

    Getting your facts right was something Mr. Dijsselbloem failed to do when putting up his CV.